At midnight, the Mumbai police kicked off its annual drive to curb drink driving over Christmas and New Year’s.
The campaign, which will involve drink-driving nakabandis across the city until 2.30 am, will extend beyond 3 am on December 25 and January 1.
“We have started a special drive, which will intensify as we approach December 31. The traffic police will man at least 90 locations across the city and take action against people found driving under the influence of alcohol and other traffic violations,” said Milind Bharambe, joint commissioner of police, traffic.
The traffic department, which carries out such checks every year, will deploy more teams to crack down on violators this year.
Each of the city’s 32 traffic divisions will have at least two additional teams, each comprising an officer and four policemen below the rank of inspector, according to a source in the traffic police.
The police will also put up nakabandis at different locations from last year’s.
“This year, we have advised our teams to set up checks at different locations from last year,” said an officer, who did not wish to be named. The drive will also include women traffic personnel.
Apart from drunk drivers, the police will also take action against those found driving recklessly.
According to a source in the traffic police, there will be heavy deployment in areas with bars, pubs and restaurants.
Areas within a set radius these places will also have drink-driving nakabandis, the source added.
Owners of pubs, bars and restaurants have also been asked to ensure the safety of their patrons by making sure that those who drink alcohol do not get behind the wheel.