As everyone welcomed the new year 2017 on Sunday, as many as 957 people were called drunk driving including one woman in Hyderabad. This was the highest number of drunk drivers arrested on one single day in a drive conducted by traffic police.
Senior police officials said "checkpoints were maximised across the city as compared to previous years. Lack of cab services also compelled people to drive their own vehicles."
Most of those caught were riding two-wheelers. According to additional commissioner of police, traffic, Jitender, "the cops also booked cases against those indulging in rash and dangerous driving and for triple-riding on bikes. Over 100 teams, both static and mobile were deployed across the city. There were also decoy teams on the roads to catch road rule violators. All enforcement works were recorded using cameras for the purpose of evidence."
"The police also seized 957 vehicles. They all will be given counselling and will be produced before the court in the coming days,” senior officials said.
The highest number of drunk drivers were arrested between Gachibowli and Mehdipatnam, Moinabad and Mehdipatnam and Narsingi and Mehdipatnam. Banjara Hills, Jubilee Hills, Malakpet and Begumpet also had a large number of drunk drivers traveling on the road.
Around 637 drunk driving cases were booked in Cyberabad and Rachakonda Commissionerates. Cyberabad Police booked 400 cases at 17 check posts. Under Motor Vehicle act, police booked 1634 cases at 18-speed control check posts. A fine of Rs 4.03 lakh was also imposed on all those arrested.
Traffic police stations at Miyapur and Kukatpally filed the highest number of drunk driving cases with 63 cases, while Rajendranagar and Madhapur filed 54 each, Alwal 53, Balanagar 46 and RGI Airport 23 cases.
BY M. DIVYA SRI