The western regional police booked around 45 motorists as part of its special drive to curb drunken driving, speeding beyond permissible limits and driving without license.
The drive that has been focussing at Khar and Bandra including the accident-prone Carter Road and Band-stand sea-facing road-stretches, according to additional commissioner of police (western region) Bipin Bihari, began on Monday; a day before, early on Sunday, the Khar police arrested 21-year-old Alistair Perreira’s after his Toyota Corolla ran over pedestrian dwellers at Carter Road that resulted in deaths to seven of them.
"While up to 15 of them were booked for driving under the influence of alcohol, the rest had been speeding beyond permissible limits and driving illegally," said Bihari. The drive will continue, he said.
As part of the drive, the police put up two road-blockades on both sides of the Carter Road to curb especially speeding and drunken driving. The policemen, said Khar police’s police inspector Shivaji Kolekar, wield breath-analysers. The preliminary results of such breath analyzer tests have to get confirmed later by medical tests in a state hospital.
At Bandstand, lying under the jurisdiction of Bandra police station, only one road-blockade manned by policemen has been set up.
Bihari indicated that the traffic experts who had evaluated Perreira’s battered Corolla had found that the `axle’ had broken as a result of the car’s collision with the footpath and not before the accident. Perreira, in police custody till November 18, had earlier claimed in his interrogations by the police that the axle had broken before the accident.
Meanwhile, the police said they will call in the owners of Bandra’s Club 1X and Pinky wine shop as part of its routine probe into the accident. ``Alistair had partied at Club 1X and had bought alcohol from the wine shop. We will check with them to confirm Perreira’s statement”, said Bihari.