In a bid to spread awareness among Mumbaiites to drive safe and to avoid driving under the influence of alcohol, the Mumbai traffic police have put up over 500 posters all over the city ahead of New Year.
The traffic department said they would increase the nakabandis on the streets on December 31. Officials said a three-layer nakabandi would be in place at spots which have been topping the number of drink-driving incidents in the past.
The police said they have caught 12,500 drunk motorists in 2012 so far, adding that the number spirals during the year-end and hence elaborate arrangements have been made.
With leaves of all the traffic policemen having been cancelled, a force of at least 3,000 traffic police personnel along with an added force of 200 city policemen would keep an eye on New Year revellers, with the help of 100 handicams and 100 close circuit television (CCTV) cameras.
Officials said the cameras would help them catch the offenders by scanning the footage later, in case the police fail to nab them on the spot.
The police stated that 2012 was comparatively better than the previous year in terms of accidents as 429 accidental deaths were reported compared to more than 630 deaths recorded last year.
Brijesh Singh, additional commissioner of police (traffic) said, “We have identified the places/spots where revellers indulge in driving in inebriated state and hence we will triple the nakabandi checkposts at such places along with several other areas this year.”
“In 2011, the traffic police caught 739 motorists December 31, while they were driving drunk,” added Singh.
As a part of the measures taken to curb drink-driving accidents on New Year’s Eve, the traffic police have written to bars and pubs to ensure that their patrons don’t drive if they have consumed alcohol.
The officials added that the traffic department would procure more breath analysers and speed guns along with more batons and barricades, to ensure more efficiency on the roads in 2013.