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In Thane, the po­lice

depart­ment has reg­is­tered 775 cases of drink driv­ing. In a naka­bandi im­posed from 4pm on De­cem­ber 31 to 5.30am on Jan­uary 1, cases against the er­rant mo­torists and bik­ers were reg­is­tered un­der the Mo­tor Ve­hi­cles Act. Around 1,000 po­lice­men fanned across var­i­ous parts of the city to catch drunk driv­ers.

De­spite un­der­tak­ing

a se­ries of mea­sures such as or­gan­is­ing aware­ness cam­paigns, putting up ban­ners and hoard­ings across the city, among oth­ers to in­form res­i­dents about the per­ils of drink driv­ing all through the years, the num­ber of drink driv­ing cases in­creases by the year, said an of­fi­cial, re­quest­ing anonymity.

Ac­cord­ing to data

with the traf­fic po­lice, the num­ber of last year, around 620 of­fend­ers were fined on New Year’s Eve, while in 2013, 523 cases.

“To en­sure law and

or­der in the city, po­lice ban­dobast was on un­til the wee hours of Jan­uary 1,” said joint com­mis­sioner of po­lice VV Laxmi­narayan, who was also do­ing the rounds of var­i­ous pub­lic places.

“Our staff has been

pa­trolling the roads and ar­eas where events were or­gan­ised,” added Laxmi­narayan.

The po­lice had

also kept a watch on dhabas and bars on the out­skirts of the city. Po­lice teams pa­trolled ar­eas in Am­ber­nath, Bad­la­pur and Shil where most of the restau­rants are lo­cated.

The Thane po­lice

kept a strict vigil on Yeoor for­est, the pop­u­lar venue for rev­elry. The en­try to Yeoor vil­lage was barred from San­jya Gandhi Na­tional Park en­trance af­ter 11pm. No un­to­ward in­ci­dents were recorded.

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