Hyderabad: Madhapur topped the list with the most number of drunk driving cases during a weekend drive by the Cyberabad traffic police. Of the total 273 people caught driving under the influence, 59 were from Madhapur. Most of them caught were employed as drivers and labourers. Two people were caught driving with blood alcohol content of more than 300 mg, against the permissible limit of 30 mg of alcohol per 100 ml of blood.

The Cyberabad traffic police is conducting regular drunk driving checks. During the weekend drive conducted from 7 to 9 February around 203 two-wheelers were booked. The traffic cops caught 50 four-wheelers, followed by 19 three-wheelers, and a lorry. The police booked 50 drivers, 47 labourers, and 24 IT employees. A government employee was also booked for driving drunk.

During the weekend drive, 134 arrested were between the ages 20-30 years, while 84 were aged between 31-40, six were aged 18-20 years. The trafic officers said most of the youths arrested were driving two-wheelers, that too without helmet and sometimes there were three people on the bikes.

Meanwhile, under Kukatpally police jurisdiction, around 53 cases were booked, followed by Miyapur with 36 cases. Cyberabad traffic inspector Vijay Kumar said, “Whenever we catch two-wheelers, they always try to get away saying they were going somewhere nearby, that they only stopped to buy some food, and make other such excuses. Especially in Cyberabad, there are more number of motorbikes compared to cars. Maybe that’s why more motorbikes are caught.”

He said, “We conduct drunk driving checks everyday, but during the weekend the numbers are high as pubs stay open till 1 am. So, we also increase the number of check posts.”

Aiswarya Sriram

Aiswarya Sriram is a budding multimedia journalist and is currently working for NewsMeter as a "Factcheck Freelancer". A graduate from Indian Institute of Journalism and New Media (IIJNM) Bangalore, Aiswarya has earlier worked with The Logical Indian and has interned with Republic TV. Aiswarya, a Tamilian who was born and brought up in Mumbai, loves to do rural reporting. She has visited Byadgi Taluk of Karnataka, to write about the issues faced by chilli factory workers there, earlier in 2019. A craft enthusiast, Aiswarya also does quilling, painting and glass work. On her off-days, she loves to read crime-thrillers and watch anime. She primarily reports on civic issues, GHMC, human-interesting features, and fact-checking video stories.

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