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CrimeDelhi, Mumbai: Drunken driving on New Year’s eve less rampant

Delhi, Mumbai: Drunken driving on New Year’s eve less rampant

In Delhi, 26 challans were issued for drunken and 174 for dangerous driving; Mumbai Police had caught 677 drunk drivers on 31 December 2019

Delhi Police issued over 1,300 challans, including for many for drunken driving, on New Year’s Eve in the national capital, officials said today. According to the police, they issued 26 challans for drunken driving, 174 for dangerous driving and 706 for unauthorised parking. The total number of challans issued is 1,336, and 221 were towed away, they said.

Police said traffic congestion and violations noted were much less this time.

Taking preventive measure, the Delhi government had imposed night curfew from 11 PM to 6 AM on 31 December 2020 and 1 January 2021 to avoid large gatherings due to Covid-19 and its highly transmissible strain.

Meanwhile, in Mumbai, police took action against 35 drunk drivers during the New Year celebrations, with an official saying that the number of offenders this time could be the lowest found during such period in the last few years. Last year, 677 drunk drivers had been caught in the metropolis during the New Year celebrations and licenses of all of them had been suspended for six months by the court, the police official said. The police attributed this low number of drunk driving cases this time to subdued celebrations as most people preferred to stay indoors and return home early in view of the coronavirus-triggered night curfew.

Mumbai is under curfew from 11 PM to 6 AM till 5 January. Most of the popular destinations, including the Gateway of India, Marine Drive, Girgaum Chowpatty, Worli Sea Face, Bandra Band Stand, Juhu Chowpatty, beaches at Marve and Manor beaches, which are favourite places of the New Year revellers in normal times, wore a deserted look on 31 December midnight.

Mumbai Police (Traffic) have caught 35 motorists and two-wheeler riders for allegedly driving in an inebriated on New Year’s Eve. Last year, the police had arrested 778 people for the offence.

According to Additional Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Pravin Padwal, during the closure of city border posts till 2 AM on 1 January, the police had arrested 20 people on suspicion of driving while under influence of alcohol, and taken them to nearby government and civic hospitals for blood tests.

This year, the city police force did not use breath analysers to sniff out drunk drivers because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Instead the policemen on duty relied on their own instincts to identify them and took them directly for medical examination.

According to the traffic police, about 2,700 traffic personnel and volunteers were stationed on important arterial roads and bylanes in the city, especially in the vicinity of pubs and lounges and places where large crowds gather to usher in the New Year.

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