Since the New Year began, the police have registered 109 cases of drink driving in the drive they have been conducting. The police said the drive was conducted on January 3 and 5.
Out of the 109 cases registered, 58 motorists were sent for simple imprisonment, while motor driving licences of 45 motorists were suspended because they were repeat offenders. The remaining six offenders were fined.
According to the traffic police department, the drive is mostly conducted every week on a Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. On some days, there is a surprise nakabandi to keep a tab on people driving under the influence of alcohol.
“The drive is carried out in different parts of the city. Our main targets are the highways but we also keep a close watch on the internal roads because many people who drive under the influence avoid taking highways assuming there would be a traffic police nakabandi there,” said a senior traffic police officer, on condition of anonymity as he is not authorised to speak to the media.
In the 11-day drive from December 21 to December 31 last year, the traffic police booked 2,010 persons. Out of these, 1,055 were aged between 21-30 years.
The drive against drink driving was started by the traffic police department in June 2007 after several road mishaps in the city involved at least one person driving under the influence of alcohol.
Since June 2007, the traffic police have registered 74,146 of drink driving.
While 41, 940 people have been sent for simple imprisonment, the traffic police have suspended 36, 978 licences of repeat offenders for drink driving.