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889 prosecuted for drunken driving on New Year eve

889 prosecuted for drunken driving on New Year eve

New Delhi: Delhi Traffic Police challaned 13,260 motorists for violating traffic rules out of which 889 were prosecuted for drunken driving on the eve of New Year.

While in 2015, almost half, 6,486 were prosecuted for committing various violations, including offences like drunken and dangerous driving, police said.

The incidents of over-speeding witnessed a sharp decline yesterday as only 78 motorists were prosecuted as opposed to 335 on the night of December 31, 2015.

However, the incidents of riding without helmet increased almost six times as 4,022 motorists were prosecuted last night as opposed to 730 in 2015.

As many as 789 motorists were prosecuted for driving in the wrong carriageway as opposed to 148 on the last night of 2015.

Yesterday, 414 motorists were also prosecuted for triple riding.

As many as 2423 traffic officials were present till the wee hours to check any flouting of rules during the year-end revelries.

While in northwest Delhi’s Mukherjee Nagar area, drunk revellers attacked policemen who stopped them from harassing a woman on New Year’s eve, leaving four personnel injured, police said.

The incident took place around midnight. A group of men tried to pull down the woman from a bike and harass her.

Last night, notwithstanding chilly weather in the national capital, hundreds of revellers, soaked in festive spirit, thronged markets, restaurants, malls and multiplexes yesterday to usher in the New Year, even as police maintained a watchful eye to avert any untoward incident.

In order to ensure hassle-free experience on roads, traffic police had made elaborate arrangements on various routes across the city with special focus on areas in the vicinity of Connaught Place.

Among several restrictions imposed in the heart of Delhi, no vehicle was allowed to proceed after 8 PM towards Connaught Place beyond certain points including Mandi House, Bengali Market, DDU Marg crossing, GPO and Patel Chowk.