Over 3,000 people booked for drunk driving in Hyderabad during new year celebrations

Hyderabad: A total of 3,001 people were booked for drunk driving as part of the special drive taken up during the new year celebrations under three police commissionerates covering Hyderabad city and the suburbs, police said on Monday.

The drive was conducted from 8 pm on December 31, 2023, to morning on January 1 to prevent road accidents and other untoward incidents, police said.

While 1,243 people were caught and booked for drunk driving under the Hyderabad police commissionerate, 1,241 cases were booked under the Cyberabad police commissionerate, and 517 cases were registered under the Rachakonda police commissionerate, they said.

As part of the special drive, police had set up checkpoints and conducted breath analyser tests starting from 8 pm. According to Cyberabad Police, a total of 1,241 persons were booked for drunk driving. As many as 938 two-wheelers and 275 four-wheelers were involved. The figures show that 382 of those caught are aged between 18 and 25 years old, while 536 are in the 26-36 age group and 239 in the 35-45 age group.

According to police, 196 of those caught had a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) count of above 50. The permissible alcohol limit is up to and below 30 micrograms/100 ml of blood. Anything above that, as recorded by a breath analyser, is a violation.

Police said 485 persons had a BAC count between 51-99, 281 in the range of 100-149, and 128 in the range of 150-199. A total of 100 people were found to have a BAC count of 200-299 while 51 had a 300-500 BAC count.

Out of 15 police stations in Cyberabad, Miyapur recorded the highest number of cases at 263. Kukatpally police station registered 123 cases. In Rachakonda, the highest number of cases (107) were recorded under Uppal police station limits.

Drunk driving is an offence under section 185 of The Motor Vehicles Act. The punishment is a penalty of Rs 10,000 and/or six months imprisonment. The driving licence will be suspended for three months and above or permanently.