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333 motorists held on Holi day

india Updated: Mar 13, 2009 00:32 IST
Megha Sood

For 333 people Holi celebrations turned colourless when the traffic police arrested them for driving under the influence of alcohol on Wednesday and suspended their licences for six months.

And of the 333, 90 were convicted by various local courts and sentenced to simple imprisonments ranging from a day to a month.

Another 176 were fined Rs 1,000 to Rs 3,000, for consuming alcohol beyond the permissible limit — 30 mg per 100 ml of blood. The remaining 67 got later dates for hearings.

“All accused are first time offenders,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Harish Baijal.

The traffic police had made the arrests from various parts of the city during an intensive campaign to curb drunken driving in the last 24 hours.

The traffic police said most of the offenders, in the age group of 21 and 30, were either professionals or students.

While in the eastern suburbs, most of the offenders were netted at junctions in Mulund and Trombay, in the western suburbs, unruly drunk motorists were held at Vakola, Juhu, Malad, Andheri, Borivli and Goregaon.

No woman driver featured in the list of offenders.

Most revellers consume alcohol or bhang, a derivative of marijuana, on Holi and create nuisance, the traffic police said. “Their irresponsible behaviour can harm pedestrians and other motorists,” said Baijal.