Over 50 charged with drink-driving in Kolkata

Since Thursday to noon on Christmas Day, more than 50 incidences of drunk driving have been reported. The majority of the incidents were recorded in the Park Street-Park Circus, Girish Park-Jorabagan, and EM Bypass-Kasba zones, according to police.

According to police, all of the suspects have been subjected to blood testing, and those found to have blood alcohol levels over the legal limit have been requested to submit their licences, which will now be recommended for temporary suspension by the respective ACPs.

Many people attempted to use bylanes after seeing the heavy police presence on main roadways. Several of them were apprehended by deployed flying squads. The crackdown, according to DC (traffic) Arijit Sinha, will continue until the New Year. Cops dressed as Santa Claus at the east traffic guard warned revellers and guests visiting to restaurants in the Park Street-Camac Street area for lunch not to drive after consuming alcohol.

In the last 72 hours, the city has seen almost 6,300 traffic offences. There were 416 incidences of unsafe driving among them. However, due to the large number of people who took to the streets sans masks, authorities gave up after first attempting to punish some of them. On Christmas morning, 103 people were charged with not wearing masks properly.

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