Stern action on New Year’s eve against drunken driving

December 30th, 2008 - 9:26 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Dec 30 (IANS) Delhi Police Tuesday warned of strict action against drink-and-drive binges as well as revelry that goes on the wrong side of the law on New Year’s eve.“We have set up pickets everywhere in the city. People violating traffic rules will be caught by the joint team of traffic police and district police,” said Joint Commissioner of Police (Traffic) S.N. Srivastva.

“There will be a special focus on drunken driving. Mobile vans will be placed in the capital for alcohol tests. Two magistrates would also be stationed at the Parliament police station to fine the offenders,” Srivastva added.

The fine for drunken driving is Rs.2,000 or imprisonment up to three years and for subsequent offences the fine is Rs.3,000 or two years of imprisonment or both. In the past 15 days, over 600 people have been fined for drunken driving here.

Srivastva said special focus will be on Mehrauli, Chhattarpur, Vasant Kunj and Kapashera areas that house almost all the farmhouses in the capital.

“Teams would be patrolling around hotels, restaurants where people go to celebrate New Year. Our efforts are to ensure incident-free celebrations,” he added.

Asked about the level of threats on New Year’s eve, Srivastva said: “Threat perception is always high wherever there is a large gathering on special occasions.”

The traffic Police chief said certain traffic restrictions have been imposed around Connaught Place, considered the heart of the national capital that also has many business houses.

“No vehicular traffic should be allowed to move in inner, middle or outer circle of Connaught Place after 7.30 p.m. Wednesday. Motorists are also requested to avoid that area. But there would be no restriction on public transport vehicles,” he said.

People can use Mathura Road-Ring Road-Bahadurshah Zafar Marg from north to south Delhi. Mother Teresa Crescent-Rani Jhansi Marg can be taken to reach from north Delhi to south Delhi.

Motorists going to New Delhi Railway Station are advised to use second entry of Ajmeri Gate side. They can move via Pahar Ganj-Sheila Cinema or they can reach Ajmeri Gate-Jawaharlal Nehru Marg side via Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg-Delhi Gate.

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