Over 500 booked for drunk driving

Traffic cops launch 5-hr-long campaign

 The Delhi traffic police have prosecuted 534 people for drunk driving in a five-hour-long campaign. The special drive against drunk drivers was launched on Friday evening at 7 pm which continued till midnight.

“The drive was launched at 125 vulnerable points in all of the 43 traffic circles. More than 600 traffic police officials were deployed with sufficient quantity of Alcometers (a tool for measurment of quantity of alcohol in the body) for prosecution of the offenders”, Additional Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Anil Shukla said on Saturday.

All the Assistant Commissioners of Police and Traffic Inspectors were pressed in to service for this crackdown. “We ensured that every suspect should get a fresh blowpipe for the Alcometer test. We have seized 434 vehicles in this drive and 154 vehicle owners were also prosecuted,” he said in a statement.

Out of total 534 offenders, 322 bikers, 175 car drivers, 14 autorickshaw drivers, 11 goods carriers’ drivers, nine delivery vans’ drivers and 10 other vehicles’ drivers were prosecuted.

“The offenders were also asked to report to the special counselling session at traffic police headquarters at Dev Prakash Shastri Marg in Pusa area of Delhi. 

The session was started at 4 pm on Saturday. The offenders were called to attend educational lectures. Short films on drunken driving were played on a projector”, the official added.

With the help of an NGO ‘The Way to Happiness Foundation (India)’, the police also distributed educational literature among the offenders. “They were asked to sign a pledge to ensure that in future they will never mix drinking and driving”, the official added.

“Vehicles of those who attended the counselling session were released. Offenders who missed the session or deliberately avoided it, will have to come to the court to claim their vehicles”, he added.

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