On New Year’s eve, before midnight, the Mumbai traffic police booked 705 people for driving under the influence of alcohol. In the wee hours of the first day of 2016, police booked 185 more motorists for the offence.
Traffic police data for the entire year 2015 shows a spike in cases of drunken driving in the last three months, with 3,460 caught in December alone, the highest in the last five years.
According to traffic police data, fine collection has been more than Rs 3.3 crore in this category of cases. This year has seen 29 repeat offenders and 36 women being booked by the traffic police. Last year, only 12 women were booked.
The data suggests offenders caught on Thursday night are only the second highest in drunken-driving cases, which was 840 persons in 2012. The following years 2013 and 2014 saw a dip in such cases, with 570 and 523, respectively.
Between January 1 and December 31 last year, 18,035 persons were caught for drunken-driving of which maximum offenders were two-wheeler riders, 11,177 persons, followed by 5,969 four-wheeler drivers. Though 2015 witnessed the highest cases for this offence, 2013 has the second highest tally of offenders, 16,013. A further analysis of data shows that age group of maximum offenders is 26-30 years at about 5000 persons and the next is 4,527 offenders between years 21-25 caught by the traffic police.
During police bandobast between 9 pm on Thursday to 6 am on Friday there was a rise in other traffic violations as well. Senior traffic officers said they caught motorists who rode without helmets and booked 1,906 persons, after which 1135 cars were towed or clamped for being parked in ‘no parking’ areas. The traffic police claims Rs 5.63 lakh was collected in fines.