Lucknow, Jan 1: More than 200 New Year commuters were booked by the police for drunken driving in major towns of Uttar Pradesh, an official said on Monday.
All the drivers booked were under the influence of alcohol and were driving at very high speed, he stated.
While 50 of them were from Lucknow, the maximum number was booked from Kanpur, the industrial hub, where 70 persons were detained.
Most of those booked were coming back from new year parties and were intercepted by the police armed with breath analysers stationed at major traffic points.
An official told news agency IANS that many were also booked in Allahabad, Agra and Varanasi.
There were clear instructions from the Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order) Anand Singh that drunken driving would not be tolerated.
In a New Year’s eve missive Singh had directed district police chiefs to crack down on such lumpen behaviour.
In Kanpur’s Lajpatnagar, police had to resort to cane charge on a group of revellers post midnight when they were creating a ruckus outside a local eatery.
Most of them were drunk and were trying to gate crash the restaurant for liquor and food though the place was full, an official asserted.