Hyderabad: In a move aimed at preventing drunk driving accidents involving garbage truck drivers, the city traffic police is planning to introduce drunk-driving checks at dumping yards.
Though this initiative was under discussion for some time now, the traffic authorities are serious to have it implemented soon considering the recent accident in which a family lost four members after a GHMC tipper rammed a moped near Tirumugherry.
On Wednesday, as many as 250 garbage truck drivers participated in a four-day awareness programme on “Ill-effects of consuming liquor” organised by the traffic police department in collaboration with Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) at Traffic Training Institute, Goshamahal.
Addressing the drivers, Joint Commissioner of Police V Ravinder said accidents leave victims and family members with problems that are hard to solve. “Not only this, the drivers and their families too face hardships due to the mistake,” he said. After the awareness programme, the department intends to start conducting drunk-driving checks at garbage dumping yards.
“Drivers found guilty will be given severe punishments,” Ravinder cautioned.
The traffic authorities are conducting the awareness programme with an aim to cover all the garbage truck drivers in the city. In the next three days, nearly 750 garbage truck drivers would be attending the programme, he added.