Liquor Ban: A Stepping Stone to Safer Roads?

By Eshita Kapur, ILS Law College, Pune.

“After whisky, driving is risky”, is an adage one often gets to see while driving on highways in India. Road accidents, including those due to drunken driving, have been globally recognized as a serious public health issue. Being a signatory to the Brasilia Declaration, India is committed to bringing down its high load of fatalities due to road accidents, by 2020. [1] In view of the alarmingly high number of deaths occurring due to road accidents, the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India passed a historic judgment in December 2016 directing all States and Union Territories to cease and desist from granting licenses for sale of liquor along National and State highways. (more…)