Pune: The appeals made by the city traffic police to people to not drink and drive seems to have fallen on deaf ears, as over 1,144 persons were booked by the city traffic police for driving under influence (DUI) of alcohol, between New Year’s Eve and the early hours of January 1. This also marks an approximate 100 per cent increase in the number of offenders compared to last year, as over 573 persons were booked for DUI last year, 353 in 2015 and 378 in 2014.
As per the city traffic police, over 5,000 persons were booked by the police for violating traffic safety norms, including 923 persons for rash driving, and 120 persons for riding triple seat.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Ashok Morale had appealed to people to follow traffic norms while celebrating New Year. Over 800 traffic police officials were on their toes to regulate the traffic at 56 points in the city. The police said people caught with higher than the permissible limits of alcohol have been booked, and will be made to appear in court.
The highest number of people booked for DUIs this year were from Hinjawadi (166), Vishrantwadi (103), followed by Dattawadi (101). While Lashkar area reported 10 cases, 9 cases of DUI were reported in Hadapsar.
Strangely Hinjawadi, Vishrantwadi and Dattawadi reported the maximum number of DUI cases last year too.