Cops ready with cranes & cams to stop drunken revelers

Not only will traffic police video-record your revelry, they will also deploy cranes along major roads to lift cars in case enthusiastic drivers decide to stop and party in the middle.

Hooligans flouting rules, escaping nakabandis and blocking traffic will be captured on handycams and later fined. Over 3,000 traffic and 200 police personnel will be on roads specifically for the purpose on New Year's eve.

Last year, police faced a huge problem with commuters stopping in the middle of roads and partying to loud car stereos. "That obstructed vehicular traffic. We will deploy cranes along major roads to lift such vehicles," said Brijesh Singh, additional commissioner of police (traffic). Police will also start an anti-drink and drive campaign early on December 30 evening. With new spots and roads mapped, more than 500 awareness posters have gone up across the city.

Last New Year's eve saw 739 drunk drivers prosecuted. "Average, there have been at least 650 accidents involving drunk drivers over the last decade. This year, however, 429 accidents show there has been a drastic decrease in such cases due to the success of the anti-drink and drive campaign," Singh said.

This year too, the department will book hotel- and pub-owners allowing drunken revelers to drive. "We want to appeal to parents to note details of parties chidlren are going to. Parents can store their numbers as ICE (in case of emergency) in mobile phones of children. This is just a suggestion," said Singh.

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