Punjab saw 10-fold increase in accidents due to drunk driving in 2019, transport ministry told Rajya Sabha | India News

NEW DELHI: Punjab recorded more than ten-fold increase in road crashes due to drunk driving increased in 2019 compared to 2018 while Bihar reported “zero” road crashes on this account, Union road transport minister Nitin Gadkari informed the Rajya Sabha on Monday.
In a written reply, the minister said while 14,071 road accidents caused due to drunk driving were reported across the country in 2017, it had reduced to 12,018 during 2018. But last year it increased marginally to 12,256. Among all the states and UTs, Uttar Pradesh had maximum such accidents at 4,496 in 2019 followed by 1,290 in Punjab. A year back, Punjab had reported only 112 such cases. In the case of Delhi.
The data show, the number of accidents due to driving under the influence of alcohol has been much less in Bihar which has implemented complete prohibition. While in 2016, a total of 593 such cases were reported, there was not a single such accident in 2017. In 2018, it reported 10 accidents and last year against there was no accident due to drunk driving. The transport ministry is yet to publish the road accident report of 2019.
For years questions have been raised over India’s road accident data attributed to drunk driving considering that there is no proper recording of such cases. In India, hardly any dead and victims are held responsible even if he/ she has lost life because of this offence.
However, to correct this practice, the road transport ministry has taken the initiative to collect accurate road crash data and other inputs from the spot. The Integrated Road Accident Database Project (iRAD) will be implemented first in six states of Maharashtra, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Tamil Nadu. The iRAD App is being customized to enable the police, transport and health department officials to use their mobile phones to collect the road crash data.
Subsequently, this project will be rolled out across the country in phases.

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