08 Oct 2017 05:32am IST
Police were seen only in one place when Team Herald visited the north coastal areas. VRISHANK MAHATME has the details
While Supreme Court judgement might have taken a serious view of drunken driving during its judgement banning bars along the highways, the Goa Police are paying Nelson’s eye to drivers fully sloshed and driving rashly in the coastal belt.
As Team Herald visited a junction along the Calangute-Baga road at 11.30 pm, it was revealed that there was not a single police check point to keep a watch on the drivers who are under the influence of alcohol. However, a few locals, who were present at the spot, said that police check points are sometimes present.
It was witnessed that majority of the tourists were riding in full speed under the influence of alcohol and with no safety precautions like helmet.
However, locals speaking to Herald said the police should conduct checks exclusively to verify drunken driving in different parts of the city after 10 p.m. and these points should be changed every week, to keep motorists guessing. Some have suggested that checks on strategic locations by police are not enough to control drunk driving. Rather, the police need three things that are laws, tools and the right strategy.
“Police should be deployed around such places especially around the coastal belt to keep regular checks. I have seen a number of locals including tourists driving two wheelers at high speed late night without wearing helmets under the influence of alcohol. Sometimes they can also be seen triple riding”, said a local Antonio Carvalho.
Further as Team Herald moved ahead in a famous lane in Baga, it was seen that tourists and also locals were seen purchasing liquor at a small outlet and then riding the two-wheeler with one hand and holding the beer bottle in the other.
However, there were certain junctions in the coastal belt where police were actually present but without check points but as Team Herald reached Arambol a similar thing was witnessed with majority foreign tourists driving under the influence of alcohol while there were no police check points to keep a tab.
Meanwhile, it was also revealed that there have been complaints about enforcement officers taking money and letting the drunken motorists go free.