191 checkpoints in Bengaluru to track drunk driving | Bengaluru News – Times of India

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BENGALURU: Police are all set to resume enforcement against drunk driving in the city after almost nine, when New Year revellers hit the roads on Thursday night.
Owing to Covid-19, cops had suspended drunk-driving checks from early March. However, considering New Year celebrations on Thursday night, traffic police have decided to undertake the drive.
Joint commissioner of police (traffic) BR Ravikanthe Gowda on Wednesday said they won’t use breath analysers, but subject the suspects to blood test instead. “A pick-up team will take the driver to the nearest hospital for a blood test. If the test proves consumption of alcohol, we will initiate action,” he said.
Gowda said 191 checkpoints will be set up across the city. “Pick-up teams will be deployed at all 191 points. We will use hand-held cameras and record the situation,” he said.
Reiterating that vehicles are barred from MG road, Brigade Road, St Marks Road and Residency Road after 8pm on Thursday, Gowda said: “Those visiting pubs, bars and hotels on these roads will be allowed only on producing the coupon or e-coupon confirming their bookings at the particular place.”



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