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Enjoy Holi, but don’t drink & drive: Cops

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

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: March 6, 2015 4:35:59 am
The rush in Sadar Bazar on the eve of Holi. (Source: Express photo by Ravi Kanojia) The rush in Sadar Bazar on the eve of Holi. (Source: Express photo by Ravi Kanojia)

The Delhi Police have made elaborate arrangements for Holi —  to be celebrated on Friday — to curb drink driving, stunt biking and incidents of hooliganism in the capital.

According to police, more than 200 traffic police special checking teams along with PCR and local police teams will be stationed at strategic locations and intersections to check drink driving and other traffic violations.

Police said drink driving will be punishable with a jail term and suspension of driving license besides a fine. The personnel will reportedly be armed with cameras and will be videographing violations as evidence.

Joint Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Anil Shukla said, “Several arrangements have been made to ensure safety of motorists on roads and to check incidents of drink driving, over-speeding and reckless driving, jumping red lights, triple riding, vehicles being driven by minors, riding without helmet, performing stunts on two-wheelers and other traffic offences.”

“Special checking teams with alcometers and interceptors will be deployed at major intersections to detect and prosecute violations. In case of drink driving, besides prosecution, 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 that are associated with it,” Shukla said.

“Besides this, action will also be initiated against the registered owners of vehicles which are found being driven by minors,  unauthorised persons, and which are used to perform stunts,” he said.

According to police statistics, 13,015 prosecutions were made last year on Holi out of which 5,633 were for driving without helmet, 1,544 for jumping a red light, 1,464 for triple riding, 139 for dangerous driving and 2,090 drivers prosecuted for drunken driving. In addition, 881 vehicles were also impounded.

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