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Bengaluru: Liquor ban - Accident deaths down in state in two months


Bengaluru, Sep 14 (DHNS): The accident rates and deaths in the state have come down after the ban on sale of liquor on highways. But in Bengaluru City the number of accidents and deaths remains the same.

The data obtained from State Crime Records Bureau shows that number of accidents and deaths on both national and state highways have come down in the last two months, when liquor ban on state and national highways was in force.

Accidents in the state in April, May and June, three months before the ban, were 789, 852 and 757 respectively. After the ban, the number of accidents in the months of July and August stood at 639 and 636, respectively. Similarly, the number of fatal accidents has also come down during July (675) August (664). Road accident deaths in April was 894, May (987) and June (822).

Additional Commissioner of Police (traffic) R Hithendra maintained that it was still premature to attribute the decline in accidents to ban on sale of liquor on highways. He said there was still a need for more awareness and enforcement on drunk and driving.

On April 1, the Supreme Court passed an order banning liquor establishments within 500 metres of all state and national highways. The ban resulted in closure of nearly 3600 bars and liquor shops.

Two months later, liquor shops within the municipal limits, were allowed to operate.

The supreme court advocate K V Dhanajay said that, this is the purpose that supreme court has passed the order. And to make it more effective, there needs to be drunk-and-drive checks on the highway so that number of accidents will be brought down further. The police and Excise officials should conduct regular checks at toll booths and dhabas to implement the rule effectively.

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  • Stevan Menezes, Shirva/Mumbai

    Fri, Sep 15 2017

    People can put up any business they want to, in order to generate income and livelihoods, but it is the patrons that makes a business successful. Therefore it doesn't matter the courts order or the politicians tactics or the lobby pressure, it is for us to refrain from such social evils especially alcohol, which over the centuries or since early age of mankind has been a major source of destruction of families, youth, finances,communities to name a few.
    The knowledge of refraining from such evil should begin with open conversations at home by parents and elders.
    Consuming alcohol during festivals or occasion can be a good start and also an honour to the God in whose name the festival is being celebrated.
    So let us not blame any factions or organisations, but make aware of such destructive social evil

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  • P. Shirish Kumar, Mangalore

    Fri, Sep 15 2017

    What a surprise?

    When Central Government banned the liquors in Highways & inside Cities,
    Mr.Siddaramayya said, we don't need National highways, convert into State highways & we won't ban Liquor shops on Highways.

    Secondly, Supreme court passed stay order on Ban on Liquor shops inside the City and told Ban should be cancelled. This shows Liquor Lobby must have influenced S.C.

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  • J.F.D SOUZA, Attavar, Mangalore

    Fri, Sep 15 2017

    Drinking and driving is one cause for accidents. Another not following road discipline. for this something has to be done to avoid accidents. If accidents are reduced better to have liquor ban in Cities also.

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  • Lynette Dsouza, Mangalore

    Fri, Sep 15 2017

    Too many breweries coming up..

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  • Aubb, Kuwait

    Thu, Sep 14 2017

    Hope SC will ban all kinds of corruption, which will save India.

    Jai Hind!!!

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  • Lancer, Mudarangadi

    Thu, Sep 14 2017

    Impose 100 % ban and there will no accidents forever !

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  • SN, MANGALORE

    Thu, Sep 14 2017

    Thank you Supreme Court for this good thing. You are the only hope now to save the country.

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  • Sanjay, Hebri

    Thu, Sep 14 2017

    Its due bad roads, the vehicles are moving a bit slowly...thats why less accidents.

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  • Surendra Poojari, Mangalore

    Thu, Sep 14 2017

    Stupid analysis. No comparison at all. Do you assume that all accidents occur because of liquor?

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  • Manu, Surathkal

    Thu, Sep 14 2017

    But now liquor shops within the municipal limits started operation, how it different from other? is they sell alcohols without kick???

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  • P. Shirish Kumar, Mangalore

    Fri, Sep 15 2017

    Mr. manu, this is Karnataka CM's Kick Bhagya.

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  • Dinesh, Dubai

    Thu, Sep 14 2017

    thanks to modiji for bold decision .

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  • SJM, Mangalore

    Fri, Sep 15 2017

    Ask your Govenment supply enough oxygen to save our children

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  • P. Shirish Kumar, Mangalore

    Fri, Sep 15 2017

    Same people over here blamed when Liquor was banned.

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  • Nithya, Mangalore

    Thu, Sep 14 2017

    State revenue also down. Weekly collection ;-) also down.

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  • Richard Noronha, Belman

    Thu, Sep 14 2017

    Need KICK . Vijay Malya come back from UK

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  • Ivar, Mangaluru

    Thu, Sep 14 2017

    April and May had clear weather, June was just the beginning of monsoons.
    The roads started getting worse by the end of June and so in July and August, people started driving very slow due to heavy rains and also to avoid potholes. When the speed decreases, automatically the number of accidents reduce.
    Do not relate this to alcohol ban and give extra enthusiasm to 'ban'veers!

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  • Kiran D Souza, Mangalore

    Thu, Sep 14 2017

    Even if the liquor ban saved a single life, that's great. I think this is the positive development. In the state this many accidents have come down, in the whole country lakhs of people have been saved.

    Wise decision by the Supreme Court.

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  • sujir praveen, mangalore

    Thu, Sep 14 2017

    GREAT NEWS......Good News from Daiji....

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  • Vijay, mangalore

    Thu, Sep 14 2017

    Good move. but what about driving on the wrong side ? not following traffic rules? overtaking on the wrong side ? over crowded buses ? over speeding ? any measures on this ?

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Thu, Sep 14 2017

    Liquor sales increases GDP ...

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