Holi 2022: 36 Drunk Drivers, 115 Motorists Booked For Wrong Side Driving


According to a latest report released by the Mumbai Police, 36 drunk drivers and 115 motorists were booked for driving on the wrong side during the Holi festival, which was celebrated on Friday, March 18.

Moreover, the newly-appointed commissioner Sanjay Pandey took to Twitter and said that 176 were charged for wrong side driving yesterday, March 21.

In addition, the police also penalised 8,276 drivers for various other violations. 

The Mumbai traffic police conducted a special drive during the festival to avoid any mishap or menace across the city.

A total of 4,317 motorists were penalised for not wearing a helmet, while 1,876 motorists were caught violating parking norms during the drive. Besides, 484 were penalised for wrong side driving on one way, 382 motorists were penalised for driving without seat belts and 1,312 challans were issued for disrupting traffic near railway stations.

As per reports, the traffic police had posted officials at more than 100 check posts at strategically located points in the city to crack down on drunk driving and other traffic violations. The drive continued from midnight on Thursday, March 17, until 7 pm on Friday, March 18.

Every year they conduct a special drive to control drunk driving on Holi, officials stated. Though in 2021, the drive was suspended owing to the pandemic.

However, the police officials were unable to use breath analysers since the pandemic began and thus could apprehend only 36 motorists driving under influence of alcohol. Their blood samples were sent for forensic tests.

In 2020, although the Holi celebrations were low key due to the coronavirus, the police personnel had caught over 4,600 traffic offenders, including 336 for drunk driving.

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