Hyderabad: Friday night witnessed a special drive against drunken driving towards road safety for citizens. Hyderabad traffic police deployed 50 teams and checked 5,998 drivers with breath analysers. 586 of them were found to be under the influence of alcohol.
The special drive started around 9 pm on Friday and went on till 1 am on Saturday. Police teams were deployed at 50 different spots of the city. Apart from traffic personnel, six platoons comprising 120 personnel of the City Armed Reserve participated in the drive. Those checked included drivers of two wheelers, cars, and heavy vehicles like lorries, water tankers, buses, JCBs and DCM vans.
The driver of a bus belong to Bharathi Travels proceeding to Bengaluru from Hyderabad along with passengers was subject to a breath analyser test. His alcohol consumption reading was found to be 202 mg, which is very high. Officials spoke to management of the travels, asking it to arrange another bus for the safety and convenience of passengers.
In 2019 so far, Hyderabad traffic police have booked 25,915 cases against drunk drivers. 4,260 of them were imprisoned and the remaining 21,655 were fined by judges of the metropolitan courts in Nampally....