Pimpri Chinchwad police nab 1,300 drunk drivers since January

Pimpri Chinchwad police nab 1,300 drunk drivers since January

Pimpri Chinchwad police nab 1,300 drunk drivers since January ( Representational Image )

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The Pimpri Chinchwad police announced on Wednesday that they have taken action against over 1,300 drunk drivers within the twin cities’ limits over the past five months, starting in January.

Following the tragic May 19 Porsche crash in Pune’s Kalyaninagar, where a minor driving a high-end car while intoxicated killed two young techies, the Pimpri Chinchwad traffic police intensified their efforts. In just one week, they apprehended over 200 drunk drivers.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (Traffic), Vishal Gaikwad, stated that the traffic branch has been consistently cracking down on drunk driving within its jurisdiction. “Due to the Lok Sabha polls recently, the dedicated action against drunk drivers had reduced somewhat. However, the action has now been intensified, and we will continue with it,” Gaikwad said.

Gaikwad explained that traffic police personnel are stationed at nakabandi points during night hours to check motorists suspected of being inebriated. “In the last six days alone, we have taken action against 209 drunk drivers,” he reported.

He noted that most of the actions have taken place in areas like Pimpri, Wakad, Hinjewadi, Bavdhan, and Sangvi, where there is a higher concentration of restaurants and bars.

Area domination exercise for enhanced vigilance

The Pimpri Chinchwad police have also launched an ‘area domination’ exercise in specific areas to monitor anti-social elements and loiterers during night hours. This initiative, led by Pimpri Chinchwad Police Commissioner Vinoy Kumar Choubey, involves a group of policemen accompanying the patrolling vehicle on multiple motorcycles during night rounds.

Gaikwad explained that the presence of police personnel on the roads at night helps deter people involved in vandalism or unauthorized activities, ensuring safer streets for the community.