A high-profile lawyer, Janhavi Gadkar (35), was driving an Audi Q3 and crashed into a taxi on Monday killing two persons and injuring others.
The occupants of the cab were celebrating an SSC result. A very drunk Gadkar escaped with just a few bruises as her car’s air bag had deployed. She was apparently driving home late at night after having drinks at a bar. She was driving on the wrong side of the road on the Eastern Freeway, returning to her home in Chembur from a south Mumbai hotel.
While the huge tragedy is still unfolding, it is disappointing to see that people are still driving drunk even after a sweeping crackdown on drink driving in the city. The police has certainly taken drink driving very seriously, especially in the past few years and there is fear amongst drivers. That is why one sees a drop in the number of drink driving cases, and the strong punishments are certainly deterrents for drunken driving.
What one needs though is strong grassroots policing on the roads. There is not enough manpower to crack down on indiscipline on our roads, whether it is rampant lane-cutting, breaking red lights, overtaking from the wrong side, driving without seatbelts, rash driving and speeding and a myriad other offences.
Need more consistency
While the traffic police do a stellar job at functions like Ganeshotsav and others, what we need is consistent crackdowns on smaller offences. It is by not coming down heavily on what people would perceive as small or minor offences that we give rise to much more serious offences like this one, which has resulted in two fatalities and torn a family apart.
There has to be much stricter adherence to rules in every aspect of traffic; this will form the bedrock to responsible driving on Mumbai’s roads.