New Delhi: A total of 22,841 people were killed in road accidents due to drunken driving between 2004 and 2006, the Rajya Sabha was informed today.
In a written reply, minister of state for shipping, road transport and highways K H Muniyappa said 6,438, 8,090 and 8,313 people lost their lives in 2004, 2005 and 2006, respectively.
A total of 83,937 people were injured due to drunken driving in the three-year period across India.
He also said that in a meeting of National Road Safety Council held in 2004, it was unanimously agreed that licences for liquor vendors should not be given on national highways.
The chief secretary, principal secretary and transport secretary of all states and union territories were requested in October 2007 to ensure that no licence is issued to the liquor vendor along the national highways.
State governments were also requested to review such cases where licence had already been given for liquor vendors along national highways for taking corrective action.