On New Year’s Eve, the traffic police will keep a close watch on areas where there are lots of pubs and restaurants to discourage people from mixing drinking with driving.
Check points will be set up in such areas. “The traffic police will coordinate with the city police in order to ensure safe celebrations,” said Vive Phansalkar, joint commissioner of police, traffic.
The police will increase the number of check posts at places such as Colaba, Bandra, Oshiwara, Amboli, DN Nagar and Ghatkopar. Traffic policemen will also be posted at highways such as the Eastern and Western Express Highways to nail those looking for speeding thrills on New Year’s Eve. Traffic police vans will also be mobilised across the city.
“We have done our best to ensure police presence across the city even as the numbers of motorists are exceedingly high,” said Phansalkar.
Some roads have have been blocked while others have been declared one-way, and several approaches to party spots such as Juhu beach have been declared no-entry zones. Traffic police stated that around four to five lakh people are expected to come to Juhu Chowpatty to celebrate the New Year. The traffic police control room has been instructed to make available traffic information to motorists. Motorists can contact control room numbers 24937755, 24937746, 24937747 and 24940303 for updates. “The help lines will be available for people. “Citizens should realise the measures are for their own safety,” said Phansalkar.
The traffic police will be armed with breath analysers on and speed guns to check errant drivers. High-ranking traffic police officers will also keep themselves updated on the traffic situation on all city roads.