7,956 people challaned for various offences during Holi, says Traffic Police

There was a marked fall in fatalities during Holi this year, the lowest since the start of the century, the Delhi Traffic Police said on Monday.

Presenting figures to support its claim, officers said that the Capital witnessed just six fatalities on Sunday, as against 15 deaths on the festive day last year. As many as 7,956 challans were issued for various traffic violations, including 624 for drunk driving, 154 for dangerous driving, 1,702 for jumping signals, and 150 for driving without a valid licence.

As many as 305 vehicles were impounded on Sunday, most of which belonged to drunk drivers. Among other cases, 2,686 were booked for driving without helmets, and 815 for triple/multiple riding. "We think that three continuous days of conducting checks for drunk drivers which saw 260 persons getting penalised on Friday, 300 on Saturday and 624 on Sunday had some sobering effect on motorists," Joint Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Satyendra Garg said.

"This year, the Capital saw the lowest number of fatalities on Holi since the start of the 21st Century. The fatal accidents are down by 15 per cent, and it goes to show that good sense is prevailing among the public. The six cases reported on Sunday included a motorcycle hitting the central verge at Dabri, killing two persons, and another bike accident at Monglol Puri. These accidents were avoidable," Garg said. In spite of this, the accident figures have improved over last year, he added.

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