Mumbai: The Mumbai traffic police registered 1,533 drunk driving cases between 8 PM and 12 PM on new year’s eve, said news agency ANI. Numerous police personnel were deployed at various parts of the city and suburban townships of Mumbai to prevent rash driving and suspend those caught in the act. Precautionary steps were laid down to ensure the smooth conduct of the New Year celebrations.

According to a report by India Today, Maharashtra Transport Minister Divakar Raote has issued a new order which said that if a driver is found drinking and driving, then the person’s license would be suspended for a period of six months.

Joint Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Amitesh Kumar said that 44 drivers were caught in the drunk and drive case with the help of breath analysers. Raote announced the new order in a council meeting for road safety with all other officers.  Amitesh Kumar stressed on the importance of safe driving so that accidents are avoided. The punishment for speeding and rash driving would come into effect from New Year’s Eve and the driving licence would be cancelled for those drivers who repeat the mistake, added the joint commissioner.

Meanwhile, access to north-bound NS Road at famous Marine Drive has been cut to avoid vehicular traffic. Those taking the NS Road and adjoining areas intending to go North were advised to take a left turn from Marine Plaza junction towards Air India Junction and take a left turn towards Mantralaya. From Mantralata Junction, they can either move ahead for Colaba in south Mumbai or take the road to CSMT junction, J J Flyover, Dr B A Road for going to suburbs like Worli, Dadar, or they can take the road to Regal Junction, P’Demello Road, Eastern Freeway to go to eastern suburbs, added Kumar.

Last year alone, around 615 people were reportedly caught for violating the traffic rules by drinking and driving in the megapolis.

(With Agency inputs)