Nearly 13,000 drunk drivers fined in Delhi in 2011

Last Updated: Saturday, September 24, 2011 - 23:39

New Delhi: Close to 13,000 Delhiites were
caught for drunken driving this year so far with police on Saturday
saying that it is the highest number of such cases in the
capital.

While driving licences have been suspended in nearly
2,000 cases, 2,250 traffic violators were sent to prisons to
check the menace of drunken driving in the capital.

"Because of the approach and execution, we have succeeded
to a great extent. Our number of prosecutions have gone up. In
fact this year, it has become the highest ever though more
than 3 months remain. Imprisonment have been awarded in
a huge number of cases," Joint Commissioner of Police
(Traffic) Satyendra Garg said.

"While prosecutions stood at 11,388 in 2010, this year it
has already been an `all time high` at more than 12,900. While
earlier year figures are for the whole of year, the figure for
2011 is for just 8 months and 20 days. I am sure this year
will see a massive figure for the whole year," he said.

The prosecution figures have substantially rose over the
years as seen in the data: 689 cases (2000), 1,545 cases
(2001), 2,464 cases (2002), 2,793 cases (2003), 2,664 cases
(2004), 3,551 cases (2005), 4,286 cases (2006), 4,192 cases
(2007), 8,296 cases (2008) and 12,784 cases (2009).

Before 2010, Garg said, offenders were not punished for
traffic violations.

"But imprisonments began in 2010 August, now there has
been healthy trend of regular imprisonments being awarded.
Going one step further this year, 1,908 driving licences have
also been suspended," he said.

PTI



First Published: Saturday, September 24, 2011 - 23:39

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