Staff Reporter

Alco meters to be used to curb drunken driving

Police chief asks parents not to give high speed bikes to their children

No wine shops

after 1 a.m.

VISAKHAPATNAM: Plan to have no holds barred fun on the beach this New Year eve?

Beware the City Police have decided to use video cameras and lactometers to check eve-teasing and drunken driving on the Beach Road. Additional forces would also be deployed to curb dangerous and rash driving by youths.

Announcing this at a media conference on Wednesday, Police Commissioner N. Sambasiva Rao clarified that while the police were not against public having fun on New Year eve, it was observed during last year’s celebrations on the Beach Road that some youths were indulging in eve-teasing and resorting to other acts like dangerous driving thereby endangering not only their own lives but also the lives of others.

The 13 lactometers would be used to curb drunken driving.

Those who wish to go soar in high spirits have to invariably arrange for someone, who doesn’t consume alcohol to drive their vehicle.

Those found driving after booze would be taken into custody and the vehicles and records would be seized.

Mr. Sambasiva Rao warned youths that buzzing past on bikes with high sound (produced by removal of silencer), performing feats on motorcycles and rash driving would be dealt with strictly.

He advised parents not to give high-speed bikes to their children lest they end up beginning the New Year with a bad experience with the police.

Wine shops and bars would be permitted to remain open up to 1 a.m. but legal action would be initiated against those that remain open beyond that time. Hotels and clubs would also have to wind up their New Year festivities by that time. They would also have to ensure the safety of their guests and visitors failing which the police would intervene, if necessary.

The Police Commissioner said no vehicle would be allowed between NTR statue and YMCA on the Beach Road from 10 p.m. on Thursday to 4 a.m. on New Year Day. He cautioned the public against swimming at sea in view of the unsafe beaches. The services of swimmers would be requisitioned to prevent drowning by revellers.