New Delhi Subway Riders Must Pass Breathalyzer
Critics worry new crackdown will put more drunks on roads
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted May 8, 2013 2:45 PM CDT
Passengers ride the New Delhi metro rail in this file photo.   (AP Photo/Yirmiyan Arthur)

(Newser) – The New Delhi subway is so tired of drunken passengers starting fights at night that it's setting up breathalyzers at all its stations, reports the Hindustan Times. Those who blow over the limit can't board a metro rail car. It's believed to be a worldwide first for any subway system, but critics are asking an obvious question: Do turned-away riders try to drive home instead?

"For activists like us it was a difficult task to raise awareness among people to exchange their cars for public transport when drunk, especially in Delhi," says a member of an anti-DUI group. "Now, all that will come to naught." The Telegraph of India says the move is at least in part a reaction to the December gang rape of a young woman in New Delhi. Though she was on a bus, not the subway, her assailants were believed to be drunk at the time.

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finkster
May 8, 2013 5:32 PM CDT
"India says the move is at least in part a reaction to the December gang rape of a young woman in New Delhi." I use to wonder why a lot of people who visited I.N.D.I.A. would say to all of their friends. I. N.ever D.o I.t A.gain.....:-)
Gart
May 8, 2013 3:36 PM CDT
Better idea: Anyone who fails the breathilizer has to ride in the drunk car. Just designate one of the cars on the train for the drunks so when they fight, they don't bother the regular passengers. Boom, problem solved.
winterfairy
May 8, 2013 3:33 PM CDT
so lets take stock. A woman was gang raped on a bus. Nobody is sure they were drunk. So now everybody has to blow into a nasty communal breathalyzer for the subway? sure, makes perfect sense.