In four hours on Dec 31 night, 253 persons booked for drink driving

The Pune traffic police arrested 253 people for driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol in four hours from 10 pm on Tuesday night to 2 am on Wednesday. Last year, on New Year's eve, 147 people were held. The police said around 40 per cent of those held were below 25 years of age.

The traffic control branch had put up checkpoints in all the divisions in the city for the New Year night. Most cases of DUI were registered in Hinjewadi where 37 people were caught, most of whom were professionals working in the Hinjewadi IT Park, the police said.

In 2012, police had caught 4,179 persons for DUI as compared to 4,762 in 2013. A total fine of around Rs 1 crore was collected from DUI cases in 2013, said DCP (Traffic) Vishwas Pandhare. In Dec 2012, 702 cases were registered as compared to 1,562 cases in December.

Pandhare said, "We had analysed the figures of people held for DUI on December 30 and had found that 40 per cent of them were below 25 year of age. We are yet to do such an analysis the figures for December 31. But approximately the percentage seems to be the same." Newsline had earlier reported that increasing number of youth were being held in DUI cases and many of them were young professionals and students from outside Pune. Pandhare said some specific areas of the city saw more DUI cases because of more movement of youths after parties.

As per Section 185 of the Motor Vehicle Act, if a driver or rider is caught with alcohol content exceeding 30 mg per 100 ml of blood, which is tested by the breathalyser, he or she can face imprisonment up to six months. "If caught for drink driving again within three years, the punishment can go up to two years."

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