Diageo India supports Telangana Police efforts to curb drink driving through advanced Alcohol Breath Analysers

29 Feb 2024

Hyderabad (Telangana), 29 February 2024: Diageo India (United Spirits Ltd.) among the country’s leading alco-bev companies extended its support to Telangana Police in curbing drink driving by providing 50 advanced Alcohol Breath Analysers. The event was held in Hyderabad in the presence of Director General police Ravi Gupta, Additional DGP Railways and road safety Mahesh M Bhagwat along with senior dignitaries and members from the Diageo India team.  Road Safety SP Gone Sandeep, LB Nagar Traffic DCP Srinivasulu, Cyberabad Traffic Additional DCPs Venugopal Reddy and Shivakumar and others were also present at the event.

Diageo India drives focused programs to advocate for anti-drink driving through its flagship programme, ‘Wrong Side Of The Road’ which uses a series of real-life scenarios to create awareness among adults.

Speaking at the meeting, Director General of Police Ravi Gupta expressed his gratitude to Diageo Company and the NGO CSR Box for coming forward to provide quality breath analyzers to the Telangana State Police Department, which is a pioneer in many aspects in the country. He said that the initiative taken by them under social responsibility would further enhance the capacity of the police personnel and help to control drunk driving. He expressed hope that if even a few lives could be saved with these devices, it would be worthwhile.

Commenting on the initiative, Jagbir Singh Sidhu, Corporate Relations Director, Diageo India, said, “Promoting responsible consumption is one of the key pillars of Diageo India’s Society 2030: Spirit of Progress ESG plan. We stay committed to championing road safety in India and promoting responsible consumption through focussed initiatives to curb underage drinking, drink driving, and binge drinking. Aligned to our ‘Wrong Side Of The Road’ program, these advanced alcohol breath analysers will support the Telangana Police Department in addressing the issue of drink driving and promoting road safety in the region.”

Diageo’s ‘Wrong Side of The Road’ programme has been developed together with the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) to sensitize participants on the effects of drink driving. Diageo India has also partnered with over 25 Regional Transport Offices and set up tab labs to create awareness through the ‘Wrong Side of the Road’ program. Last year over 2.3 lac adults participated in this anti-drink driving learning experience.


About Diageo India

Diageo India is among the country’s leading beverage alcohol company and a subsidiary of global leader Diageo Plc. The company manufactures, sells and distributes an outstanding portfolio of premium brands such as Johnnie Walker, Black Dog, Black & White, VAT 69, Antiquity, Signature, The Singleton, Royal Challenge, McDowell’s No1, Smirnoff, Ketel One, Tanqueray, Captain Morgan and Godawan, an artisanal single malt whisky from India. Headquartered in Bengaluru, our wide footprint is supported by a committed team of around 3000 employees, 36 manufacturing facilities across states and union territories in India, a strong distribution network and a state-of-the-art Technical Centre. Incorporated in India as United Spirits Limited (USL), the company is listed on both the National Stock Exchange (NSE) and Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) in India.

For more information about Diageo India, our people, our brands, and our performance, visit us at www.diageoindia.com. Visit Diageo’s global responsible drinking resource, http://www.DRINKiQ.com, for information, initiatives, and ways to share best practices.

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