Police to compile database of drunk drivers to curb offences

Last Updated: Thu, Sep 13, 2012 11:27 hrs

Hyderabad: With rise in drunken driving cases reported in the city, the Hyderabad Traffic Police are all set to create a database of such drivers in order to keep a tab on habitual offenders.

The traffic police are also seeking to put in place stringent measures like imprisonment for habitual offenders and for cancellation of driving licenses, as a part of its steps against drunken driving.

"The drive against drunken driving launched in November last year has seen registration of as many as 9,000 cases till date, but we don't have a database such offenders. Now plans are afoot to maintain database of the repeat offenders," Additional Commissioner of Police (Traffic) C V Anand told PTI.

Though records of various other traffic violations are stored, now it will also include the database of offenders of drunken driving in the servers and would be integrated with the hand-held PDA devices of the traffic personnel.

This will enable in immediately knowing details on the kind of the repeated offence and pending fines, among other details, of such drivers, the senior traffic official explained.

"Enforcement of steps against drunken driving will be further intensified with increased checking to bring down the road-crash related accidents and number of deaths. Besides efforts are on to bring in more stringent measures against these offenders," the ACP said.

"We are asking for awarding of imprisonment for repeat offence and are working with the road transport officials seeking to cancel the driving licenses of such drivers, as the courts apart from imposing fines can also order for suspension of licenses," Anand pointed out.

"During checking of drunk drivers, we are using a standard operating procedure and every team follows the same. Under provisions of Motor Vehicle Act, we use breath analysers and if the reading of Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) is found above the 30 mg per 100 ml blood, it is considered drunk driving," the official said. MORE

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