A special drive to avoid traffic accidents during Holi celebrations resulted in 13,345 cases of traffic violations in a mere 12 hours in the city. No major accident were reported, officers said.
The drive, which was conducted by both the city’s traffic police department and the local police stations, began around 8am on Thursday and continued until 8pm.
Milind Bharambe, joint commissioner of police, traffic said, “We had deployed 1,291 traffic police personnel, including 150 traffic police officers.”
Throughout the day, the police caught 10,715 bikers for not wearing a helmet. Among these, 2,295 were caught in the western suburbs alone. Eastern and central region together accounted for 5,401 cases, 1,722 bikers were caught in the north and 1,297 were caught in south Mumbai. The police caught 438 motorists for riding triple-seat on the bike.
Drink-driving cases increased this year. The police caught 687 people for drink driving on Thursday as compared to 409 motorists arrested last year. The north region recorded the highest number of drink-driving cases at 198, while 178 motorists were caught in the western region. The eastern and central region reported 253 cases of drink driving and only 58 cases were registered in south Mumbai.
The police caught 62 motorists for rash driving.
The traffic department registered 1,078 other cases during the day as policemen continued taking action against various violations.