In a major crackdown on rash driving, especially at night, the traffic police fined 2,190 bikers, among whom 138 were found drunk, in just three hours in the wee hours of Sunday.
The drive was aimed at discouraging youngsters who race and perform stunts on bikes late at night, said Pratap Dighvakar, deputy commissioner of police (traffic).
Officials said Gatari Amavasya, which is observed before the start of the month of Shravan, when people stay away from non-vegetarian food and alcohol for a month, was another reason that prompted them to conduct the drive.
“The stunts and rash driving were not only endangering their lives but also that of others who commute by road,” Dighvakar said, adding that they also hoped to catch chain-snatchers who use bikes to escape.
The traffic police organised checks or nakabandis at 26 different spots across the city, of which six spots were closely monitored including Marine Drive, Bandra Reclamation, Worli Reclamation, Western Express Highway, Carter Road and Back Road in Oshiwara.
The maximum number of rash driving incidents was recorded at Bandra Reclamation, Mahim and Chembur.
Around 1,400 constables, two deputy commissioners of police five assistant commissioners of police and 26 police inspector were deployed for the drive.
The police registered cases against offenders under relevant sections of Motor Vehicles Act and Indian Penal code for rash driving driving without helmet and drink driving.