PUNE Police arrested 353 people for driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI) on New Year’s eve. The police said around 40 to 50 per cent of those held were below 25 years of age. The police also booked 140 people who were travelling with a drunk driver on New Year’s eve.
The city has also seen an increase of about 1,200 such cases being registered in the entire year with 5,458 cases being registered in the entire last year .
The traffic control branch had put up checkpoints in all the divisions in the city for the New Year eve. Most cases of DUI were registered in areas such as Chandani Chowk, Koregaon Park, Pimpri and adjoining areas.
“A total of 5,458 drivers have been booked under Section 185 of Motor Vehicle Act for driving a vehicle under the influence of alcohol. In a special drive carried out in the month of December a total of 1,864 drivers were booked for committing the offence,” said DCP traffic Sarang Awhad.