Mumbai: The Mumbai Traffic police lodged 8,678 cases of offenses including drunk driving, riding without helmets, rash driving and jumping signals during the New Year celebrations in the city.
According to the data released by the police on Sunday, 156 people were penalised for drunk driving, 2,465 were for riding motorbikes without helmets and 66 were penalised for rash driving.
Along with this, 274 were fined for riding in triple-seats on two-wheelers, 679 for jumping signals, 635 for entering the ‘no-entry’ zone, 238 for driving on the wrong side and 3087 for parking vehicles on the ‘No-Parking’ zones. A total of 362 vehicles were towed by the traffic authorities from public places.
Compared to the last two years’ statistics, the figures for 2022 have gone up due to the relaxation of pandemic restrictions. Mumbai Police and Mumbai Traffic Police had imposed heavy restrictions on people during the New Year celebration to prevent the splurge of Coronavirus.
During the 2021 New Year celebrations, the MTP registered only 1,375 cases of traffic violations, which included 18 for drunk driving. Meanwhile, in the year 2020, reportedly only 35 were penalised for the same offenses. Before these two years, in the year 2019 when there were minimal traces of Covid-19, almost 778 were fined for drunk driving during the night of the New Year.
The police had put up checkpoints (nakabandi) on almost 100 roads in the city as a precautionary measure. A large number of personnel were deployed on the ground to maintain law and order.
Drunken drive 156
Rash driving 66
Without helmet 2465
Triple seat – 274
Jumping signal – 679
No entry – 635
Wrong side – 238
No parking – 3087
Vehicles towed – 362
Total- 8678 cases
Total Cases: 1375
Drunken Drive: 18
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