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143 drunk drivers arrested in one night, 47 sent to jail

mumbai Updated: Feb 27, 2010 02:07 IST
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The Mumbai Traffic Police organised an operation against drunken driving on Thursday night and prosecuted 143 drivers.

The police said 63 of the arrested drivers appeared before Special Metropolitan Magistrates across the city. The cases of 76 were adjourned to a future date, four of the drivers failed to show up, leading to the issue of warrants against them.

On Friday, 47 drunk drivers were remanded to simple imprisonment. The 63 accused from Thursday’s campaign were remanded to imprisonment ranging from one to 10 days. The court suspended the driving licences of 59 drivers, four were found driving without a licence.

“We have increased nakabandis (random roadside searches) and anti-drink driving operations, we have a zero-tolerance policy against drunk drivers,” said Ashok Takalkar, assistant commissioner of police (Traffic).

Of the 143 drivers arrested, 109 were two-wheeler riders, 30 were four wheelers. The rest were drivers of tempos and trucks. Most of the drivers arrested were in the 31-35 age group.