Bars and pubs could face strict action if a motorist is caught driving under the influence of alcohol on New Year’s Eve, the Mumbai traffic police have warned. The authorities started their campaign against drink driving on Tuesday night and have already caught 317 motorists.
Once the person is caught, the officers will send a report to the commissioner’s office, which will review the case and decide on the action to be taken against the establishment, the police said.
Among the list of directives issued by the Mumbai traffic police headquarters, bars and other similar establishments have to report any person found driving drunk or not willing to comply with the rules.
“We have asked them to not serve liquor to those without a drinking permit and especially not to minors. If a bar or pub is found to be flouting these guidelines, we will report them to the licensing department and action will be initiated against them,” said V Bhujbal, senior inspector at the Chembur traffic outpost.
All 25 outposts have received the circular from the traffic police headquarters. The circular states, “If a person drinking alcohol has come in a vehicle, ask him to arrange for a driver. If the establishment feels any untoward incident may take place, then they should inform the local police or traffic police authorities. They should make arrangements for the patrons’ safe journey back home.”
The police have also asked the bars and hotels to put up ‘Don’t drink and drive’ signs prominently. If anyone is illegally parking in front of the establishment, the management should inform the police.
The police have continued their drive against drunken drivers. During the special drive to catch drunken motorists, which started on Tuesday, the police on Friday night caught 102 drunk drivers. While 60 motorists were caught on the first night, 87 drunken motorists were caught during the second drive, which was conducted on Christmas eve.