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29 booked for drunk driving in Connaught Place

Offences of dangerous driving under the Motor Vehicles Act were registered during the special drive, reports Nivedita Khandekar.

delhi Updated: Feb 15, 2008 04:00 IST
Nivedita Khandekar
Nivedita Khandekar
Hindustan Times

When you plan a night out at one of the happening pubs or restaurants at Connaught Place, do not take to the wheels if you have had a drink or two more than the permissible limits. Also, remember not to jump a red light because traffic cops are on the look out just for you.

In a special drive against drunk driving and red light jumping at Connaught Place area on Wednesday night, as many as 29 offenders were booked for drunk driving. Offences of dangerous driving under section 184 of Motor Vehicles Act were registered against 221 persons during the special drive carried out between 10 pm to 12 mid-night.

Concurring with the reputation of the place and the kind of people it attracts, the offenders booked for drunk driving were all people below 40 years, and of those, most of them were rich brats in their early 20s. “These were mostly college students from rich families,” said Suvashish Choudhary, DCP (Traffic), New Delhi district.

Concentrating around outer circle at CP, 18 pickets were organised with four to six traffic personnel in each team and six breathalysers between them. Those booked for drunk driving also included three two-wheeler drivers and two four-wheelers were impounded.

Choudhary said, on Police Commissioner YS Dadwal’s insistence, the traffic department is up in arms against mainly three offenders – drunk drivers, red light jumpers and minor drivers.

He said the drive would continue during the weekend.