Alcohol has been found to be the cause of many social ills in the country, the most significant one being the traffic accidents caused by it. Alcohol impairs a person’s ability to make judgements while driving. He/she, in such a state of mind, tends to take risks, takes long to react, and may get aggressive too. Though aware of these effects, people still choose to hit the roads after drinking.
Many small bars on highways have always found it hard to tackle drunken driving, given that mishaps on highways could lead to major accidents. In fact, in the year 2017, the Supreme Court had ordered a blanket ban on all liquor shops, pubs, and bars that were located on a highway or 500 metres from it. At a later point, however, the government denotified highways within city limits.
Given below are some facts and figures with regard to driving under the influence:
The Union Cabinet gave its approval to pass the Motor Vehicle (Amendment) Bill, 2016 which raised the fine for drunken driving from Rs.2,000 to Rs.10,000.
A person driving under the influence not only puts his/her life at risk but puts the lives of others on the road at risk too. The government, hence, has been making laws stricter and punishments more severe. However, only strengthening the laws of the country will not suffice. It is only when people who drink make a conscious choice of not driving while being intoxicated that the number of road accidents will drop. Therefore, every individual should plan in advance and not drive to the bar/pub in his/her car. Even if he/she does drive, it is always best to ask a friend to drop him/her home or find another mode of transport to reach home after drinking.
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