Intensifying its campaign against drunk driving especially with the New Year approaching, the Chennai police have said that they will not issue NOCs for passport applications to motorists who are caught, as per a report in The Times of India.
"Since most of the traffic violators on New Year eve are youngsters in their early and late 20s, we believe this announcement will act as a deterrent," a senior police officer said.
Additional commissioner of police, Chennai, traffic, A Arun told ToI that all flyovers will be barricaded between 11.30pm and 1pm on December 31 and January 1 to stop the movement of vehicles.
Accident zones in the city have been identified and police have placed barricades on the Old Mahabalipuram Road (OMR), East Coast Road (ECR), Kamarajar Salai, Rajaji Salai, Anna Salai and Sardar Patel Road.
Police said they have identified 176 locations which are prone to accidents based on the earlier road accident locations and vehicle check points are planned at these places.
Police further said that service roads along the city beaches of Marina and Elliots, will be closed for traffic and separate parking spots will be created.
Extensive arrangements will be in place with nearly 3,500 traffic police personnel manning the city. These will include three battalions of armed reserve police personnel from the city police.
The officer added that there are 126 ambulances, including â€˜108â€™ and private services, which have been kept ready to meet any eventuality.
"The youth tend to speed on the flyovers and end up meeting with accidents, some of them turn fatal. On New Year's eve, public can use the service lanes to reach their destinations," the officer said.
While eight accidents were reported from the city during this period last year, he said they are trying to ensure there are no accidents this time round.