10,700 booked as cops in­crease pa­trolling hours

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - - METRO RASH&NEGLIGENT - HT Cor­re­spon­dent

MUM­BAI: So far this year, 10,700 driv­ers have been caught for driv­ing un­der the in­flu­ence of al­co­hol.

For the last three months, the traf­fic po­lice have ex­tended their nightly checks for drunk driv­ers from 1.30 am to 3 am. Se­nior of­fi­cials said that the lo­ca­tions of these drives are changed reg­u­larly so as to catch drunk driv­ers by sur­prise.

More­over, the traf­fic po­lice have also de­ployed women constables to check on women driv­ers tak­ing the wheel af­ter drink­ing.

On June 9, lawyer Jan­havi Gad­kar, 35, was driv­ing an Audi on the wrong side of East­ern Free­way when she crashed into an oncoming taxi, killing two oc­cu­pants and in­jur­ing four oth­ers. Gad­kar was drunk be­yond per­mis­si­ble lim­its at the time of the ac­ci­dent, said po­lice. She was ar­rested. The ses­sions court granted Gad­kar bail on Au­gust 5.

Fol­low­ing this head­line-grab­bing crash, the po­lice also took mea­sures to bring women driv­ers un­der scru­tiny.

Af­ter the ac­ci­dent, HT also found that there was only one woman among 6,980 drink driv­ers booked in the six months be­fore the Gad­kar ac­ci­dent took place. The po­lice at­trib­uted the low num­ber of cases to the short­age of women po­lice in the force.

Traf­fic po­lice are hope­ful these mea­sures will sig­nif­i­cantly bring down the num­ber of ac­ci­dents caused by drunk driv­ers.

Pan­jabrao Ugale, deputy com­mis­sioner of po­lice, traf­fic, said, “Through this or­der, we aim to curb the in­ci­dents of drink driv­ing. Traf­fic po­lice will man naka­bandi points un­til 3 am, as per the or­der.” Po­lice said they have been con­duct­ing strin­gent checks on ma­jor roads and high­ways in the city.

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