Sunday, January 31, 2010

Drinking to others’ death

-By Swetha Amit
Several cases of drunken driving have come and gone. This propelled stringent measures to come into play and bar anyone who even remotely smelt of alcohol mercilessly. A moment occurred where the need to pass the breathe test for drunken driving sent shivers down the spine of many night riders. After all this was a real life and death situation.

In spite these laws, it was horrifying to hear about a ghastly incident on Marine drive during the wee hours of Saturday morning. A 27 year old woman rammed her car into a jeep which cost the life of a Police officer and a biker due to her uncontrollable ‘intoxicated’ state. The reports described the incident as a result of a frantic call from her domestic abode in the midst of her party hopping which propelled her to act hastily. Residing in a posh locality of South Mumbai, it was no doubt that the affordability factor posed no problem. So hiring a chauffeur shouldn’t exactly create a hole in their wallets completely. In fact it proves to be a necessity especially on nights like these where the party hopping syndrome is accompanied with large pegs of alcohol. With the individual prone to an extreme state of instability in all aspects, it definitely is a must to be driven home and not dare to take the wheel into their hands.

Such acts of foolishness not only prove to be dangerous but also fatal costing innocent lives in the bargain. Families are orphaned overnight by losing a precious member to such callous intoxicated beings. While such individuals deserve to suffer the consequences of such impudent behaviour, it certainly isn’t fair to subject others to fatal conditions or severe injuries for no fault of the latter. It’s a shame to see such atrocity occurring despite the many laws imposed. It only makes one cease to wonder if justice would prevail or the accused would go unpunished due to ‘powerful’ forces that come into play like ghosts into the darkness of evil. One can only hope and pray that such incidents do not occur again and the law abides by its rightful conduct.

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Blogger KParthasarathi said...

Punishments should be deterrent- like withdrawal of license permanently,heavy compensation to the affected family as in US depending on the age and income of the victim and even incarceration where there are no extenuating factors.
But law should be equal for all and not favour the high and mighty as we hv seen by prolonging the case for years and witnesses turning hostile meanwhile by money power
A very topical and well written post.

4:19 PM  
Blogger A New Beginning said...

I think the laws should be made even more strict, its high time some serious action is taken. Thanks for the thought provoking post Shwetha! Have a wonderful week ahead :)

7:31 PM  
Blogger Whirlwind said...

Thanks KP and Sana!!

Honestly wish a lesson is learnt at least from this incident.

10:19 PM  
Blogger Whirlwind said...

Comments on MSN:

Rohan - Bangalore on 2/3/2010 8:41:19 PM
Very nice article. I would like to add that the laws are very soft and mild on women drivers. I have seen women who commit offenses being let-off by the police just because of their gender. Now, their stupidity and folly has woken them up. I hope the law is firm with all - men and women alike. Its time that the society treats women equally and punishes women just as the way it punishes men. Where are the feminists now?

7:36 AM  
Blogger Whirlwind said...

PVMurty - Bhimavaram on 2/3/2010 8:39:14 PM
Drowsy and Drunken driving is very dangerous to car occupants and all on roads. Modern gadgets can sense conditions to beep or stop the car. Why not we do this?

Bobby Sakariah - Jeddah on 2/3/2010 4:51:02 PM
Nice article.

7:36 AM  
Blogger Whirlwind said...

mansoor ata - riyadh on 2/3/2010 4:29:39 PM
A very good write up, pointing out a real big problem on the roads. How many innocent people have lost their lives because of this. There is an immidiate requirement of enforcing a law which will help in avoiding such accidents by imposing heavy penelty, withdrawl of driving licence &/or imprisoning the culprit for a long period.

7:37 AM  
Blogger Whirlwind said...

Venkat - Dar on 2/3/2010 1:26:28 PM
Dear Swetha, Very good article, the need of the day!

KP - Chennai on 2/3/2010 12:54:04 PM
A nice write up.Deterent punishments along with heavy compensation to the victims as in US with no interference by politico-police in the proper filing of cases under relevant clause and in the speedy prosecution within a time frame of 6 months can alone make a modest impact.In the prevailing environment , it is too much to hope.How many of the famous road accidents due to drunkenness of high and mghty have translated into incarceration?The law should be equal and allowed to operate

7:37 AM  
Blogger Whirlwind said...

Vinod Sethi - New Delhi on 2/3/2010 8:58:00 PM
India has a very dubious record as far as deaths in road accidents are concerned. More than one lakh lives are annually lost in road accidents and more than 5 lakh receive serious injury. This is primarily due to the easy availability of driving licenses, complicity of Traffic Police, laxity in the enforcement of laws, lack of education and awareness among the masses due to illiteracy and poverty, lack of infrastructure and medical health care, and bad condition of roads. Many a young lives are wasted on the roads leaving permanent scars on the heart and body of the relatives/kins of the victims. I request the Govt of India to create a corpus fund by levying a cess/fuel charge on automobiles to compensate the next of kin of the road accident victims. Govt should also make the penalty harsher and laws more stringent in drunken driving cases

7:42 AM  
Blogger Whirlwind said...

VR Mandalika - Hyderabad on 2/4/2010 12:37:34 PM
I agree that there should be stricter laws, maybe something like in Islamic countries. But, even the existing laws are not implemented STRICTLY resulting in escape of culprits, specially in influential circles right upto Salman Khan!!!!!

4:08 AM  
Blogger Whirlwind said...

yogesh - Anand on 2/4/2010 2:26:25 PM
Yes Rohan I agree with you.Its time that the society treats women equally and punishes women just as the way it punishes men. I feel there should be group of citizen who would track and inform public that what final justice was delivered

4:08 AM  
Blogger Whirlwind said...

Rohan - Bangalore on 2/5/2010 8:54:29 AM
Thank you Yogesh. Very few people have a true sense of justice. Still fewer people have a true sense of gender equality. When it comes to women, they are very soft and pardon them with no punishment or very light punishment. Then they claim that women are equal to men.

9:29 PM  
Blogger Whirlwind said...

jomankhalifa - bijapur.karnataka on 2/5/2010 5:46:42 PM
Men or Women can't walk properly in the state of intoxicated state ,how she can drive the car in such condition.she has insulted the womanhood .

5:36 AM  
Blogger Whirlwind said...

M.R.B. MANIKANDAN - HYDERABAD on 2/5/2010 6:51:26 PM
It is true that due to nonimplementation of the existring laws strictly by the police and the rampant corruption prevailing in the police people, the offenders are moving scot free repeating the same offence often. Unless rules are implemented strictly by the law enforcing departments, such offences tend to recur and fatalities to the innocent lives continue to occur.

5:36 AM  

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