Guwahati: Like in the rush to meet year-end targets, the Guwahati Police went on an overdrive against traffic violators in the city during the Holiday season, put up tough measures and hefty fines in place and in turn saw a massive increase in the number of traffic violations in the month of December alone.

With the New Year’s Eve yet to pass, the Guwahati police has already collected a fine of about Rs 4 crore from traffic rules violators in December, which is way above the average of Rs 2.5 crore a month.

“On an average, Rs 2.5 crore was collected as fine every month between August and November. But violation of traffic rules shot up in Guwahati this month, as a total of Rs 4 crore has already been collected to date,” said Harmeet Singh, commissioner of police, Guwahati.

Singh added that the police and transport departments jointly caught 22,000 people riding two-wheelers without helmets over the last 20 days.

Meanwhile, Assam police has intensified its drive against drunken driving ahead of New Year’s Eve.

Beware! Driving drunk in Guwahati can cost you dearly

A quirky tweet by Assam police ahead of New Year’s Eve, which rolled out a special invitation for people who are planning to drink and drive on December 31, has now gone viral.

The official handle of the Assam police shared a tweet that reads: “If your New Year’s Eve plans include drunk and/or rash driving, this invitation is for you. P.S – Stag Entry Allowed.”

The banner says, ‘Try not to be our guests’, and goes on to sarcastically allow free entry for rash drivers, drunk drivers, and other eligible violators.

It further states that a special performance will be done by DJ Lockup. ”On the Menu is Copcake & other dessert items in our Custard-y,” it further says.

For the past few days, Assam police has been conducting regular checks on drunken driving in Guwahati ahead of the Holiday season. Many driving licenses have been suspended along with Rs 10,000 fines imposed under various strict penal provisions.

Notably, Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma had earlier warned that anyone found guilty of drunken driving will be dealt with strictly and could be detained for the new year night.

In 2021, Assam witnessed as many as 6,800 accidents, in which 2,800 people lost their lives.

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