Traffic Police to keep close watch on places serving liquor as year ends

Revellers visiting luxury hotels, bars, pubs and clubs serving liquor on the eve of New Year celebrations across the city will be under close watch of Delhi Traffic Police as part of its sustained drive against drunk driving this year.

As Delhiites plunge into celebratory mode, the traffic police have intensified vigil on the Capital's roads to check drunk and dangerous driving, apart from other traffic violations.

“We issued challans to 170 drivers for driving in an inebriated state two days ago. For the same offence, 110 people were prosecuted during an exercise carried out in one-third of the city between 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. on Saturday. The drive will continue today [Sunday] as well,” said Joint Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Satyendra Garg.

He said more emphasis would be placed in areas housing hotels, restaurants, pubs and clubs serving liquor. Wine shops will also be under the police radar.

“The message and clear and simple: do not drink and drive. It may land you in jail. If you have consumed liquor, engage a driver instead,” Mr. Garg said, referring to the recently-launched awareness campaign “From bar to behind bars.”

This year so far, the traffic police have issued challans to nearly 17,100 people for drunk driving in different parts of the Capital. “Nearly 400 people have been prosecuted since December 15.”

In all, 2,986 violators have been awarded jail terms and driving licences of 2,170 people have been suspended. The licences can be cancelled on commission of second offence.

“As we approach the year end, I would like to share some thoughts: why did 29,28,388 people have to be hauled up for violation of traffic rules? Why did 8, 29,666 people jump the red light? Why did 37,884 two wheelers have three or more pillion riders? Why were 3, 18,804 people riding two-wheelers without helmets?,” he said.