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
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.
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.