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No risk, you can take breath analyzer tests at pubs, bars


Bengaluru: Stepping out of a pub, those uncertain of the quantity of liquor they have consumed are likely to wonder whether they ought to hail a cab or drive back home. However, a new initiative launched by the state government, in association with cab aggregator Ola, will help customers decide the best course of action at the very doorstep of bars and pubs.

Under RISK (Road safety Initiative for a Safe Karnataka), 1,000 pubs and bars will install breath analyzers at their doorstep, which will help customers know if the amount of liquor they have consumed is over the permissible driving limit or not.

Food and civil supplies minister UT Khader, who inaugurated one such facility at a Church Street pub in the central business district on Thursday, said self-assessment was preferable to being subjected to a test by police-men. “In my personal opinion, nobody should drink. But, even if one consumes alcohol, he or she should not in-dulge in driving, which could inconvenience others or even put them in danger,” he said.

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Joint commissioner (transport) Maruthi Sambrani said of 1.7 crore automobiles in the state, 65 lakh vehicles were in Bengaluru. “So, such initiatives will help prevent accidents,” he added.

According to data available with the transport department, of the 55,621 traffic violation cases referred by police between April 2014 and June 2016, drunken driving accounted for 25,574 cases, wherein licences were cancelled. Over 21,000 cases were related to other traffic violations, while 9,616 cases were under consideration with the transport department.

CMO and head of categories at Ola, Raghuvesh Sarup said: “Over 1,000 pubs, bars and restaurants have agreed to join the initiative.”

Chapter head for National Restaurants Association of India, Ashish Kothare said: “We will extend our full sup-port to the project and look to expand it on a national level.”

Dilip Patro, who sustained a broken neck in an accident involving a drunk teenager a decade ago, said: “This will ensure safety. More than half of spine injuries are largely a result of drunk-driving accidents.”

Source: Times of India

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