On New Year eve, Delhi Police issued over 500 challans for drunk driving
New Delhi: On New Year eve, Delhi Traffic Police issued 509 challans in the city for drunken driving. As many as 199 vehicles were impounded during checking. The highest violations were reported from Eastern Range. The Delhi Traffic Police (DTP) data claimed that as many as 362 drivers and 147 vehicle owners were found driving under the influence of alcohol. However, in the year 2017, around 765 challans were issued. "In 2017, 543 drivers and 222 owners were involved in drunken driving," data claimed.
On the night of December 31, special drive against drunken drivers started from 9 pm to 12 am, as many as 139 challans were issued in Eastern Range whereas in Southern Range–118, Central Range–117 challans. "In Western Range–85, New Delhi–31 and Outer–19 challans done," said data. The data further claimed that from Eastern Range–59, Southern Range–49, Central Range–46, Western Range–29, New Delhi Range–11, Outer–5 vehicles impounded during the drive. Talking to Millennium Post, Joint Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Alok Kumar stated that they found that in comparison to 2017 New Year's Eve, drunken driving violations decreased on December 31, 2018.
"People were aware on drunken driving so they used taxi for travelling," said Joint CP. Kumar himself monitored the situation and visited several places including Hauz Khas to check the arrangements. "People brought drivers with them or the person who did not drink for handling the steering of the vehicle," police said. Joint CP added that more than 2000 traffic police personnel were on the street and 52 pickets were in New Delhi area. "As many as 15 pickets deployed in strategic locations in every single district," Kumar said.
Over 683 persons died since 2016, after they met with road accidents involving private cars, claimed the Delhi Police data.
DCP (Traffic) Eish Singhal stated that 30 nakas were there in South. "All places like entry and exit to malls in Saket, Vasant Kunj, Hauz Khas village and Sainik farms were covered," said DCP Eish Singhal.