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New Delhi: Delhi Traffic Police has started a crackdown on heavy transport vehicles (HTV) and drunk drivers in the city. Between 11pm and 2am on Saturday, 22 errant drivers were prosecuted and their vehicles impounded. The drivers will now have to appear in court and cops will pitch for sending them to judicial custody. Similar action will be taken against those booked for dangerous driving in the future, police said.
A study conducted by police shows that 54% accidents involving HTVs took place between 11pm and 2am and 35% of hit-and-run cases occurred between 10pm and 4am.
“The accidents caused by heavy goods vehicles have, however, come down this year. HTVs caused 136 fatal accidents till November 15 this year as compared to 148 last year,” said special commissioner (traffic) Dependra Pathak.
In total, 197 HTVs and 949 light goods vehicles were booked till November 15, while 216 HTVs and 679 LGVs were booked in the corresponding period last year.
Senior traffic officers said that, apart from prosecution, the drivers will also be asked to attend counselling sessions. “We will use social media to inform the public about the hazards of drunk driving as well as the strict prosecutions. The argument over level of alcohol, which is brought up by most drivers, will not be tolerated,” Pathak added.
Starting Sunday, a drive against drunk driving will be conducted outside malls in Rajouri Garden, Saket, Hauz Khas, among other areas. Police are planning to tie up with a taxi service to promote discounted rate of travel if a person found drunk parks his car and books a cab instead.