New Year’s DUIs Not Limited to America

New Year’s Eve Traffic Incidents Double in Delhi, India

We often do not think about drinking and driving as an issue outside the United States during the holiday season regarding New Year's DUIs. Drivers that get arrested and end up having to find a legal defense for ways how to fight to beat a DUI charge in court will have serious costs and consequences if they get convicted, or plead guilty to even a first-time offense. On New Year’s Eve of this year, however, Delhi, India Traffic Police charged a total of over 13,000 individuals with traffic violations – almost 900 of these individuals were charged and prosecuted for Driving Under the Influence (DUI). The total number of traffic violations in the city doubled on that night since last year when just under 6,500 individuals were cited for various traffic violations.

While the weather was chilly in the Delhi area, it did not stop partygoers from attending markets, multiplexes, and malls to celebrate the holiday and usher in the New Year. Law enforcement officers kept a watchful eye over the crowds and worked to prevent any serious incidents from occurring. Additionally, several travel restrictions were placed on the most popular areas of the city to attempt to control the crowds, specifically the restriction of vehicles towards Connaught Place after 8 p.m.

While the overall number of traffic violations in the city for New Year’s Eve saw a sharp increase, there was also a sharp decline in the number of individuals who were cited for speeding. Only 78 individuals were cited for speeding on December 31 of this year as opposed to the over 300 individuals who were cited on December 31 last year. However, the number of incidents of riding without a helmet almost quadrupled to over 4,000 in 2016, up from just over 700 in 2015.

In addition to these violations, over 400 motorists were charged with “triple riding,” and as many as almost 800 individuals were charged with driving in the “wrong carriageway,” which is an increase from just about 150 the previous year. Almost 2,500 traffic officers were out until the early hours of the morning on January 1 keeping the streets safe during the end-of-year festivities. These efforts paid off as no major incidents occurred during the festivities although many individuals were cited.

Regardless if you are in the United States or elsewhere in the world, getting a DUI on New Year's Eve is a serious crime and one that should not be taken lightly. Operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol not only puts the driver’s life at risk, but it also risks the lives of that driver’s passengers, other drivers, and even innocent bystanders or pedestrians. The best course of action is to always designate a sober driver, opt for public transportation, or simply not drink when you need to operate a vehicle.

By: Taryn J. White

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