Mumbai police launch traffic warden scheme, alco-booth

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Jan 13, 2016 01:02 IST
Police bikers drive past Marine Drive after CM Devendra Fadnavis flagged-off a rally on Tuesday. (Arijit Sen/HT photo)

Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis launched the traffic warden scheme at an event to promote road safety week, which began on Sunday. At the event on Tuesday, attended by transport minister Diwakar Raote, Fadnavis also inaugurated alco-booths, which will help people check for their alcohol levels at pubs in the city.

The traffic wardens will include home guards, trained security guards, college students and conscious citizens. Those enrolled in the voluntary service help regulate traffic in the city.

The event was attended by additional chief secretary (home) KP Bakshi, MoS (home) and police commissioner Ahmad Javed, among others.

The Mumbai traffic police also unveiled a new logo and announced their new slogan ‘Time for Action’ for road safety week. In a short presentation, joint commissioner of police, traffic, Milind Bharambe gave a glimpse into future projects to be undertaken by the department.

“We have already enrolled more than 500 traffic wardens. The municipal corporation has promised 1,000 wardens. Also, the MMRDA has promised us more wardens,” said Bharambe.

While launching the alco-booths, Bharambe said a person can check the blood-alcohol level in the body by breathing into the machine through a straw. The machine comes equipped with the contact numbers of taxi services and valet numbers. These machines will be purchased by private bar owners, said the police.

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