6-month license suspension likely for 455 people caught drunk driving on New Year’s eve

6-month license suspension likely for 455 people caught drunk driving on New Year's eve
Traffic police will be sending a proposal for suspending the license of all the 455 drunk drivers for a period of six months to respective RTOs (Representational Image)

The 455 offenders who were booked for drunk driving on New Year’s Eve are likely to get their licenses suspended for six months on the traffic police’s recommendation.

Thousands of Mumbai police personnel manned various parts of the megapolis to prevent untoward incidents during the festivities.

During the drive, Mumbai Police registered 455 cases of drunk driving and booked another 1,114 drivers for over-speeding/rash driving till Tuesday morning.

According to police, the number of drunk driving cases dipped this time from 615 cases which were registered during New Year celebrations in 2017.

“Traffic police have booked 455 cases comprising car drivers and motorcycle riders who were driving under influence of alcohol (between 10 PM Monday and 6 AM Tuesday),” an official was quoted as saying.

Joint Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Amitesh Kumar said the police checked at least 9800 vehicles, including cars and motorcycles, between 10 PM Monday and 6 AM Tuesday.

“Amongst them, we found 455 drivers under influence of alcohol,” he said, adding that another 1,114 drivers were booked for over-speeding and rash driving.

The cops will now be sending a proposal to temporarily suspend licenses of the errant drivers.

“A proposal to suspend license of the 455 drunk drivers for a period of six months will be sent to RTOs concerned,” Kumar said, adding that a decision will be taken on a case-to-case basis in case of others.

Ahead of New Year celebrations, Maharashtra Transport Minister Divakar Raote had issued an order stating that if caught drinking and driving, it may lead to suspension of the driver’s license for a period of six months.

Raote had held a meeting Monday with officers of Traffic police, Regional Transport Office (RTO) and other stakeholders.

In addition to the ones caught in the city, traffic police in the neighbouring Thane and Navi Mumbai also took action against at least 2071 and 350 drunk drivers respectively.


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