There is no doubt that the menace of drunk driving in the country has worsened over the years. Sample this: according to data from the roads and highways ministry, in 2017, 4,776 people, or 13 every day, died in 14,071 road accidents due to driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. On pan-India level, drinking and driving is responsible for 72 per cent of mishaps on national and state highways. However, many believe the data could be much higher as the undercounting of deaths from such accidents is possible due to the procedure of data collection.
The soaring number of drunk driving cases has become one of the biggest challenges for the traffic cops. According to them, awareness among youngsters and their parents are key to end this menace.
Now, the Cyberabad traffic police in Hyderabad, have found a unique way to deal with this problem.
They will now shoot a letter to your company’s Human Resources (HR) if you were involved in a drunk driving case.
Through this letter the HR will be given information such as name of the employee, the offence they were caught for, place, time and day of offence, and the punishment accorded by the courts.
As per DCP Vijay Kumar, Cyberabad Traffic police:
“The step is not meant to initiate any action against the employee. It merely aims to inform the company that their employee was involved in a serious traffic violation that could have caused a serious public hazard.”
The letter will be not just a piece of mere information, it will also explain the law and tells the HR to sensitise the company’s employees in this regard.
Recently, one such employee, working in an IT firm in Hitec City, faced this as the company received the letter from the traffic police. The letter now gone viral on WhatsApp. The police hope that with this they will be able to instil fear in the minds of traffic violators.