THANE REGISTERS 775 DRINK-DRVING CASES
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.
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.