The Delhi Traffic police issued a total of 509 challans for a drink and drive cases on New Year eve late on Monday evening.
The Delhi traffic police including women officers were out in full force to keep an eye on the drivers breaching traffic and safety rules. More than 15,000 policemen were deployed across the national capital to ensure celebrations go off smoothly on December 31.
The Delhi traffic police had restricted vehicular movement from 8 pm onwards to the city's famous commercial hubs. Moreover, the exit of passengers from the Rajiv Chowk Metro station was also not permitted from 9:00 PM onwards in the view of security measures.
Not only that, the forces placed barricades at several places such as Delhi University, Pitampura, Connaught Place to control hooliganism. The women commuters were also advised to book taxi of those firms registered with the Government of India.
The 2019 number is significantly lower than the 1,752 reported drink-driving cases that were registered a year earlier, which itself was almost double the corresponding figure for 2017.
Last year, 433 checkpoints had been set up with 125 having a special focus on drink-driving, especially at popular areas like Hauz Khas, Vasant Kunj, Khan Market as well as at Connaught Place.
(With ANI inputs)