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Drive drunk, lose your licence

The new measure is being implemented by Delhi Traffic Police, hoping that it will act as a deterrent.

Written by Ananya Bhardwaj | New Delhi |
December 31, 2014 2:56:46 am

If you are caught driving drunk on this New Year’s eve, you may end up losing your driving license. The new measure is being implemented by the Delhi Traffic Police, which hopes that it will act as a deterrent.

Police said anyone caught driving drunk will be issued a challan and a background check will be conducted for past record. It the driver is found to be a repeat offender, police said, the person’s licence will be cancelled.
More than 500 teams, armed with over 400 alcohol meters across 53 traffic circles have been deployed for the job, police said.

The e-challan machine will be used to check drivers’ record.

“Once you feed in the registration number of the offending vehicle, the machine provides details of the past violations by the driver. If the driver is found to be booked for drink driving even once in the past, his licence will be cancelled,” Special Commissioner of Police, Traffic, Muktesh Chander said.

“We can either send a request to the court for cancellation of licence or can do it ourselves as we are the executive authority. The idea is to stop people from driving drunk,” Chander said.

According to police, pickets and checkpoints will be placed outside major pubs and clubs across the capital. “People usually drink at hotels and pubs on New Year’s eve, so majority of the pickets have been placed in their vicinity. People will be stopped the moment they leave the hotels and clubs,” a Traffic police officer said.

The traffic police also held a meeting with the owners of major hotels and party organisers, urging them to arrange for a taxi service for their customers in case radio taxis are not available.

Further, one police picket will be placed every three kilometres in each traffic circle. Two traffic inspectors, two constables, two officials from the local district police and one PCR van will be stationed at every police picket.

Zone officers of all circles, traffic inspectors, all district Deputy Commissioners of Police and Joint Commissioners of Police will be on field duty on December 31, police said.

The district police have also made elaborate arrangements for New Year’s eve. Heavy police presence will be seen on the night of December 31, with armed guards stationed at all the pickets across the capital. PCR vans from all districts have been ordered to patrol their respective areas throughout the night, police said.

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