Bars Asked To Keep Spare Drivers To Drive Drunk Customers

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Kolkata: Bar-owners in the metropolis will now have to keep breath analysers ready and a pool of spare drivers to drive drunken customers back home.

The order was given by the city police during a meeting at Lalbazar police headquarter with about 30 major bars/restaurants/clubs who frequently sought permission for late closing of their premises (for serving liquor) beyond midnight.

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Additional Commissioner of Police(I) Vineet Goyal said, “In order to assist the police in preventing/ curbing the menace of drunk driving and road-safety, these establishments were directed to keep breath-analyzers in their premises and get potential drunk drivers tested before they leave the premise.”
“They were asked to keep a pool of spare drivers to drive the customers, found unsuitable for driving as per permissible limits, back home,” he said.

The police also asked bar-owners to take assistance of cab aggregators like Ola, Uber etc for putting an organised structure in place.

“Those establishments were given 15 days time to implement the directive. Late-closing permissions may not be accorded in the event of non-compliance of the directive.

The process will gradually be extended to the remaining bars/ clubs/ restaurants serving liquor,” Mr Goyal said.

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