Drink driv­ing cases up by 83%, cops col­lect ` 15 lakh in fines

TILL NOVEM­BER Po­lice reg­is­tered 1,321 cases as op­posed to 724 cases in the same pe­riod in 2014

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Pranab Jy­oti Bhuyan pranab. bhuyan@ hin­dus­tan­times. com

T he num­ber of drink driv­ing cases reg­is­tered by the Navi Mum­bai traf­fic depart­ment in the first eleven months of this year has in­creased by an alarm­ing 82.46% over last year’s fig­ures for the same pe­riod.

Be­tween Jan­uary and Novem­ber this year, the po­lice reg­is­tered 1,321 drink driv­ing cases, as op­posed to 724 cases reg­is­tered in the cor­re­spond­ing pe­riod in 2014.

In the first eleven months of this year, the traf­fic depart­ment col­lected Rs15 lakh from dr unk driv­ers, as a g ainst Rs8.08 lakh col­lected in 2014.

Of f i cials said t hat t hese num­bers are likely to in­crease to a great ex­tent by this month- end. “In 2014, we reg­is­tered just 724 drink driv­ing cases be­tween Jan­uary and Novem­ber. How­ever, in De­cem­ber alone, we reg­is­tered 380 such cases. More youth are caught while driv­ing drunk ev­ery year dur­ing Christ­mas and New Year cel­e­bra­tions, so t he num­ber i s bound to in­crease in the cur­rent month too,” said a se­nior of­fi­cial from the traf­fic depart­ment.

Arvind Salve, deputy com­mis­sioner of po­lice ( traf­fic) said, “We paid spe­cial at­ten­tion to a few ar­eas that have wit­nessed fre­quent ac­ci­dents. Palm Beach road, V as hi, cer­tain ar­eas of Nerul and Be­la­pur and Pan­vel are among them. Our of­fi­cials pa­trolled the roads with breath anal­y­sers and fined driv­ers who were found drunk at the wheel.”

“Dur­ing Christ­mas and New Year cel­e­bra­tions this time, we will ar­range for heavy ban­dobast at all pub­lic places and ma­jor roads. The city po­lice and the traf­fic of­fi­cials will jointly take ef­forts for the safety of the mo­torists and other peo­ple. Of­fi­cials will also be de­ployed in places such as Vashi mini seashore, Sa­gar Vi­har, NMMC pond at Kopar Khairane, and Sar­sole lake along Palm Beach road, where young­sters come to hang out at night,” said a crime branch of­fi­cer.

“Con­sum­ing al­co­hol prior to driv­ing im­pairs driv­ing abil­ity and in­creases the risk of crash­ing, caus­ing se­ri­ous in­jury or death. Fur­ther­more, crash sta­tis­tics show t hat in­tox­i­cated driv­ers in­volved in fa­tal crashes are three times more likely to have been speed­ing or not wear­ing a seat belt than sober driv­ers,” he added.

Apart from drink- driv­ing the po­lice have also in­ten­si­fied ac­tions against other vi­o­la­tions such as rid­ing mo­tor­cy­cles with­out hel­mets, driv­ing with­out fas­ten­ing seat belt, triple car­ry­ing, sig­nal jump­ing among oth­ers.

“As far as the city of Navi Mum­bai is con­cerned, around 98% of the pop­u­la­tion is ed­u­cated. A ma­jor­ity of the res­i­dents are young and 31% of them are stu­dents. De­spite be­ing well- ed­u­cated, peo­ple drink and drive, thus risk­ing their own as well as oth­ers’ lives. This is one of the most un­for­tu­nate as­pects of the city,” the of­fi­cer said.

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