Hyderabad police mulls 'designated driver' concept to check drunken driving

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Hyderabad, July 25: Concerned over increasing number of accidents involving drunken drivers, police in Hyderabad and Cyberabad commissionerates are mulling to introduce "designated driver" concept.

Under this system, those attending night out parties or going to bars and pubs will have to designate a person among themselves who will abstain from drinking so that he can safely drop them back.

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Police may also make it compulsory for pubs and bars to tag the "designated driver" and ensure that he or she is not served alcohol.

Hyderabad may become the first city in the country to implement the system followed in the US.

The police officials in Hyderabad and Cyberabad East commissionerates were working out modalities for implementing the system.

Police started thinking about introducing this concept in the wake of a shocking accident, which claimed lives three persons of a family early this month.

Ten-year-old Ramya, who was returning home from her first day at school met with an accident. Her uncle and grandfather were killed while her mother and another uncle were injured when their car was hit by another car, which was being driven by an engineering student under the influence of alcohol.

The accident occurred during day time in upscale Banjara Hills and the car being driven rashly by Shravil rammed into a divider and fell on Ramya's car on the other side of the road. Police inquiries revealed that Shravil and five other friends accompanying him in the car were all minors and they had liquor at a bar while returning from a cinema theatre.

A 'Designate Driver' will not be served alcohol in pubs.

Police have since tightened rules for bars, directing them not to serve liquor to anyone under 21.

"This (designated driver) will be very helpful in preventing accidents and thus savings lives," said Cyberabad East Police Commissioner Mahesh Bhagwat. The information technology clusters of Hitec City and Gachibowli, housing many global tech giants, come under the limits of Cyberabad East.

He voiced concern over the mounting number of drunken driving cases being detected during the special drives. As many as 30 cases were detected after a late night programme at Gachibowli Indoor Stadium on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Telangana State Cabs and Bus Operators Association (TSCBOA) president Syed Nizamuddin said so far, not a single cab driver was found driving under the influence of alcohol.

According to him, breath analysers have been introduced in almost all companies and all cab drivers undergo tests before joining duty.

IANS

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