15,218 drivers held for traffic offences in Mumbai during Holi celebrations

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Mar 07, 2015 15:45 IST

In a special 24-hour drive for Holi, the traffic police caught 15,218 drivers f or various offences. Last year, 15,557 motorists were caught over four days.

The drive started on Thursday around 3pm and continued till Friday, the police said.

A cop runs after bike-borne revellers at a drive at Juhu. (Satish Bate/HT photo)

“We deployed 1,500 policemen and 100 officers at 70 spots across the city. Action was taken against traffic violators, especially those riding without helmets, driving under the influence of alcohol and three people riding on a bike,” said BK Upadhyay, joint commissioner of police, traffic.

Although the drive ensured that no major accidents took place before or during Holi celebrations, violations of rules continued.

According to the traffic police, riding without helmets was one of the major violations, with 5,114 bikers caught in 24 hours. Another 253 were caught for riding triple seat and 117 were caught for rash driving under sections of the Motor Vehicles Act.

Apart from that, 749 motorists were arrested for drink driving. Last year, the number was 789, but over a period of four days.

Also, 8,984 motorists were caught for other traffic offences, including rash driving or riding on the wrong side of the road.

The increasing number of traffic offences raises doubts about the various awareness campaigns that the department has carried out over the past year and their effectiveness. In January this year, various road safety events were organised during a fortnightly programme.

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