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Traffic police sound Holi alert: Drink, drive at own peril

College students play Holi in the capital. (IE Photo: Amit Mehra) College students play Holi in the capital. (IE Photo: Amit Mehra)
Express News Service | New Delhi | Posted: March 17, 2014 2:50 am | Updated: March 17, 2014 2:51 am

Delhi Police has made elaborate arrangements to ensure safety and security of motorists on roads. Over 20 teams of traffic police have been deployed to check incidents of drink driving, speeding and reckless driving.

A senior police officer said, “Dangerous driving, red light jumping, triple riding, minor driving, riding without helmet, performing stunts on two-wheelers and other traffic offences are very common during Holi. In order to keep a check on motorists, we have deployed special teams. While people will enjoy Holi, our teams will be on their toes to ensure that they are safe.”

Special teams with alcometers and interceptors will also be deployed at major intersections to detect and prosecute violators.

“In case of drunken driving, besides prosecution, the drivers are liable to be arrested and their vehicles impounded. They shall also be counselled on the spot about the negative effects of drink driving and the dangers associated with it. Besides, action shall also be initiated against the registered owners of vehicles, if drivers are caught violating traffic rules,” Additional Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Anil Shukla said.

Around 200 Traffic police teams, along with police teams will be stationed on roads and intersections across Delhi to check drink driving and other traffic violations. “Drink driving is punishable with a jail term and suspension of driving licence, apart from fines,” an officer said.

All station house officers have informed beat staff to increase patrolling during the day and afternoon hours. “This is to check any sexual harassment by people who get drunk. It will also keep a check on street crime,” an officer said.

Last year on Holi, 10,339 prosecutions were made, of which 3,914 were for driving without helmet, 1,819 for red light jumping, 973 for triple riding, 124 for dangerous driving and 1,278 for drink driving. In addition, 581 vehicles were impounded during the special drive.

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