Thursday, September 4, 2014

Decline in drunk driving deaths in year 2013 ...Cops' False Reporting reason behind?

Cops' False Reporting May Be Real Reason???
States known for their high consumption of liquor have reported less road deaths caused due to driving under influence of alcohol.Goa, Kerala, Sikkim and Tripura reported only one fatality each while Bengal, Manipur, Dadra & Nagar Haveli, Daman & Diu, Lakshadweep and Puducherry registered no death due to drunk driving in 2013.
Six other states and UTs including Delhi and Gujarat reported less than 10 deaths. The data is encouraging at a time when India is struggling to reduce its road fatalities. According to the latest road accident report of the road transport ministry , the number of accidents caused due to driving under influence of al cohol and drugs decreased to 20,290 in 2012 from 23,979 the previous year. Total deaths decreased significantly to 6,463 last year from 7,835 in 2012.

The big change is primarily on account of UP and Jharkhand witnessing sharp drop in fatalities due to drunk driving. The data shows that though UP topped the list in total fatalities last year, it saw fewer deaths attributed to drunk driving.About 658 died in such accidents in 2013 against 2,414 the previous year. In case of Jharkhand, such deaths fell to 241 in 2013 compared to 438 in 2012.

States that saw significant increase in such deaths included Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Jammu & Kashmir.

Delhi did not see any change, though the city police have intensified their crackdown. According to government data, six people died in such accidents last year the same as the year before.

While the decline in drunk driving deaths may be a positive sign, questions have been raised whether police “honestly“ record the cause of death in such cases. This is because cops often do not show a victim killed in a road accident as “under influence of alcohol“ so that his family can get the insurance claim.
http://epaperbeta.timesofindia.com/Article.aspx?eid=31808&articlexml=Drunk-driving-deaths-show-sharp-decline-01092014011035#

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