VISAKHAPATNAM: The New Year revellers better think twice before flouting road safety norms during the celebrations, as the city traffic police has issued a stringent warning against drunk driving and overspeeding on the night of December 31.
The police, in a press note released here on Monday, have announced several restrictions. The police personnel will be fully prepared in full strength to rein in the drunk drivers on the New Year-eve.
“Special focus will be on drunk drivers who cause inconvenience with their behaviour or rash driving. Special police teams with alcometers will be deployed in various areas.
People driving vehicles in inebriated condition and resorting to overspeeding will be fined `2,000. The violation of rules can attract six-month imprisonment under the provisions of the MV Act. The vehicles and licences of erring drivers will be seized,” said the police communiqué.
The police officials will keep a strict vigil on the motorists through CCTV cameras which have been installed at various city junctions. Video and digital cameras will be also used to record people causing inconvenience to public, especially on the misbehaviour meted out to women on the pretext of extending New year greetings.
Special police teams will focus by on bikers riding by removing silencers, zig-zag driving, triple-riding, using high-decibel horn, performing stunts on vehicles, said the release.
Meanwhile, the cops have imposed traffic restrictions too. Vehicles will not be allowed from the Park Hotel Junction to Coastal Battery between 10 pm of Dec 31 and 4 am of Jan 1. Similarly, playing of vehicles will not be allowed on Assilmetta flyover. Restrictions have also been imposed on entering the beach.
Bursting fire crackers, using firearms, exhibiting vulgar posters and hoardings have also been restricted. The police said that the authorities of hotels and event management companies should take prior permission for organising parties and also for the use of loud speakers. Vehicles parked in ‘No parking’ zones will be towed away, apart from imposing of fines.