396 booked for drink driv­ing on New Year’s Eve

IN­TEN­SIVE WATCH Kalamboli saw the high­est num­ber of cases; five traf­fic con­sta­bles and 10 po­lice con­sta­bles were posted at ev­ery junc­tion till morn­ing

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

As many as 396 peo­ple were booked for drink driv­ing on the night of De­cem­ber 31.

Kalamboli saw the high­est num­ber of drink driv­ing cases (56) dur­ing the New Year’s Eve cel­e­bra­tions. It was fol­lowed by Pan­vel (43), Turbhe (39) and New Pan­vel (39). All the of­fend­ers were pro­duced be­fore the ju­di­cial court on Fri­day af­ter­noon.

Dilip Jag­dale, po­lice in­spec­tor of Kalamboli traf­fic unit said, “Kalamboli is one of the busiest ar­eas of Navi Mum­bai that houses a huge num­ber of com­mer­cial cen­tres. Hun­dreds of ve­hi­cles come to this area from nearby Jawarhar­lal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT). This apart, peo­ple from Mum­bai and Navi Mum­bai go to Pan­vel, Pen, Pune, Goa, Mum­bra and oth­ers ar­eas through this junc­tion. This is one of the rea­sons why this area sees the high­est num­ber of drink driv­ing cases ev­ery year.”

The num­ber has risen marginally from last year’s 327.

The city po­lice along with the traf­fic of­fi­cials had launched a mas­sive cam­paign against drink driv­ing four days ahead of the cel­e­bra­tions. Dur­ing the cel­e­bra­tions, of­fi­cials were de­ployed at all en­try and exit points of the city.

“In view of the fre­quent road ac­ci­dents in Navi Mum­bai, we took all pos­si­ble steps for en­sur­ing safety of the mo­torists on the night of De­cem­ber 31. We de­ployed five con­sta­bles from our side and the po­lice depart­ment also gave us eight to 10 con­sta­bles at ev­ery junc­tion. So there were po­lice of­fi­cers at all ma­jor junc­tions of Palm Beach Road, Sion-Pan­vel High­way and Thane-Be­la­pur Road,” said Arvind Salve, deputy com­mis­sioner of po­lice (traf­fic).

“We had asked our of­fi­cials to take stern ac­tion against vi­o­la­tors. Apart from analysing breath, spe­cial at­ten­tion was paid to the is­sues such as driv­ing with­out seat-belts, rid­ing bikes

with­out hel­mets,” said a crime branch of­fi­cial.

Suresh Men­gade, DCP (spe­cial branch) said, “The po­lice depart­ment did its best to main­tain law and or­der in the city and the res­i­dents also co­op­er­ated. Apart from the ma­jor roads we also con­ducted naka­ban­dis at the hang­out places like Mini Seashore and Sa­gar Vi­har in Vashi, Cen­tral Park and Ut­sav Chowk at Kharghar.”

“A ma­jor por­tion of the city’s pop­u­la­tion is ed­u­cated. De­spite that, peo­ple drink and drive risk­ing their own lives as well as oth­ers’,” said a traf­fic of­fi­cer.

“We or­gan­is­ing var­i­ous pro­grammes ev­ery year dur­ing the road safety week but peo­ple still flout norms,” he said.

PHO­TOS: BACHCHAN KU­MAR

Traf­fic po­lice stop mo­torists on Palm Beach Road at Nerul on Fri­day dur­ing the drink driv­ing cam­paign.

Rev­ellers usher in the new year with fan­fare at a ho­tel in Ma­hape on Thurs­day night.

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