8,526 people prosecuted for traffic violation on Holi

8,526 people prosecuted for traffic violation on Holi

3,381 for not using helmets, 961 for drunk driving, 865 for triple riding

Over 8,500 people, including 961 motorists, were fined for drunk driving on Holi, the traffic police said on Friday.

It had deployed 200 officials on Thursday across the Capital in a bid to reduce fatal accidents.“A total of 8,526 prosecutions were reported by the traffic police on Thursday, which included 961 for drunk driving, 865 for triple riding, 3,381 for not wearing helmets and 378 for not using the seat belt,” said joint commissioner of police (traffic) Satyendra Garg.

The traffic police had started a campaign against drunk driving on March 1. “Since then, a total of 1,991 prosecutions drunk drivers have been reported. This included prosecutions of drivers of 384 cars and 1,009 two-wheelers in the last eight days. We will continue our efforts to make the city safe by continuous action against drunk driving and violations by commercial vehicles,” Garg said.

This year, Delhi Police had made elaborate traffic arrangements to ensure safety of motorists on roads and check incidents of drunk driving, speeding, dangerous driving, triple riding, driving by minors, riding without helmet and other traffic offences.

Two hundred traffic police special checking teams were spread all over Delhi to check drunk driving on the day of Holi. Special checking teams with alcometres were deployed at major intersections to prosecute those who violated traffic rules.

Despite the elaborate traffic arrangements, six persons were killed on the day of Holi. Of them, four lost their lives after their bikes slipped or hit a central verge, a tree or a pole on Thursday.

In 2010, 5,300 people were challaned and in 2011, 7,957 people were prosecuted for various traffic offences on the day of Holi.

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