The Mumbai Traffic police booked 161 motorists for driving under the influence of alcohol on Sunday night.
Interestingly, the number of drunk drivers booked on Christmas day was less than the number of motorists booked by the police on Sunday.
A total of 304 motorists were booked by the end of the second day of the drive against drink driving.
This, the traffic police said, could be due to various factors. “The increase in the number of drunk drivers booked could be because it was a Sunday and also because the local police assisted us in the drive, especially in south Mumbai,” said Vivek Phansalkar, joint commissioner of police, traffic.
A traffic officer said on condition of anonymity as he is not authorised to speak to the media that the increase could also be attributed to the fact that many motorists were not aware of the drive being carried out on Christmas Eve.
The traffic police last week had launched a ‘safe celebration’ drive that was aimed at spreading awareness about risks and consequences of drink driving.
The drive that kick-started from December 24 will continue till December 31 to curb drink driving during year-end festivities.
While 143 motorists were booked on the first day of the drive, the number increased to 161 on the second day of the drive. The offenders were booked between 11pm and 1am, the traffic, police said. Over 35 motorists were convicted with simple imprisonment for drunken driving.
Phansalkar said the traffic police were expanding the areas where it is conducting the breathalayser tests on motorists. While on the first day the police targeted around 50-60 spots a larger areas was covered on the second day.
The traffic police have barricaded main and arterial roads in the city.
“The motive of the drive is to discourage the motorists from driving under the influence of alcohol. On several occasions the local police help us in carrying out the drive,” said Phansalkar.