Drink driving caused around 65% of almost 12,000 road accidents in and around the Indian capital city of New Delhi in 2008, says a new report.

The report, complied by the Campaign Against Drunken Driving (CADD), says road fatalities due to drunk driving claim 1,500 lives every year, which are mostly children below the age of five and youngsters in the 21-34 year age group.

The report also states that nearly 30% of all drivers are drunk at night while 30.3% of the city’s Blueline bus drivers and 43.1% of truck drivers admitted to driving under the influence.

Also, 40% of people in the 16-25 years age group drink on the road.

The report has also found an increase in drunk driving among women with figures up from 24.2% in 2001 to 41% in 2008.