Over 300 held for drunk driving in three hours in Delhi (Lead)April 16th, 2011 - 9:23 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, April 16 (IANS) Over 300 people were arrested in three hours to curb the incidents of drunk driving in the national capital, Delhi Traffic Police Joint Commissioner Satyendra Garg said Saturday.
A total of 307 people were arrested by the traffic police during checks at 50 different locations Friday night, he said.
“Continuing our efforts to rein in drunk driving, we had simultaneous checking at 50 locations and got 307 prosecutions in three hours,” Garg told reporters.
Of the total, 195 were prosecuted for drunk driving, 35 were prosecuted for dangerous driving, 60 for violating no-entry restrictions and 17 for flouting other rules, said Garg.
“Drivers of 72 cars, 59 heavy vehicles and 25 light vehicles and 151 motorcyclists were prosecuted. Sixty-four vehicles were impounded and taken in custody as no one was there to drive those vehicles to safe locations,” the joint commissioner added.
According to police, the vehicle is impounded when there is nobody else other than the drunk driver to drive it safely to its location. Driving licence is required for handing over the vehicle and the person must not have consumed liquor.
The violator is not allowed to drive a vehicle once he is detected to have consumed liquor beyond permissible limits.
“It was strange to come across various excuses for drunk driving. Many of the defaulters feel they are in their senses and plead for allowing them to get away. With most of the drunk driving cases resulting in imprisonment besides licence suspension and payment of fine, better sense is expected from the people of Delhi,” Garg added.
Delhi Police have been actively campaigning against drunk driving on various forum, including their Facebook page.
A message posted by Garg on Delhi Traffic Police’s Facebook page Friday read: “The other day a friend of mine surprised me with revelation that I owed him Rs.10,000.”
“Totally clueless, I asked him to elaborate and he said the other day he had a few drinks in a 5-star hotel and then realised he risked being caught with possibility of (losing his) DL (driving license) and (getting a) jail term,” he said.
“He decided to hire a room and spend a sum which he thought we cost him,” he added.
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