New Delhi, April 10:
Police in New Delhi today enforced a ban on smoking and drinking while driving, as part of a stern crackdown to restore order on the Indian capitalâ€™s famously chaotic roads, officials said.
A raft of penalties were enforced in line with a March 26 city High Court order aimed at disciplining wayward New Delhi motorists.
Some 14 million people and four million vehicles jostle for space on the capitalâ€™s clogged roads daily, despite two million commuters using the metro.
â€œWe collected 1.7 million rupees in fines from errant drivers within eight hours of launching the campaign at 6:00 am,â€ a traffic police department spokesman said.
A total of 4,571 motorists were fined and 220 vehicles impounded for various offences across the capital, the traffic police department said.
Motorists caught smoking while driving had to cough up $32.
â€œThe police were out on the streets in strength at 6:00 am and this will continue,â€ said HPS Virk, deputy traffic police commissioner.