In a special drive,the traffic control branch of Pune police caught 261 people in past four days for driving under the influence of alcohol. The drive has been conducted as a part of the Operation Achanak (sudden).
Deputy Commissioner of Police (traffic control) Vishwas Pandhare said the drive was conducted between November 14 and 17 in all parts of the city. Over 3,000 people were fined for drunk driving since January this year. The number was over 4,000 last year and about 2,500 in 2011.
The drivers and riders were charged under Section 185 of the Motor Vehicles Act. Fine of Rs 47.22 lakh has been collected till now this year,Pandhare said.
During the four-day drive the offenders were caught at the main traffic junctions.
As per Section 185 of the Motor Vehicle Act,if a driver or rider is caught with alcohol content exceeding 30 mg per 100 ml of blood,which is tested by the breath analyser,he or she can be sentenced to simple imprisonment for up to six months. If caught again,the punishment can be up to two years.
Pune police currently have 46 breath analysers and are soon going to get 100 more,which the traffic control branch had asked for looking at the sharp rise in number of youths found driving under influence.