All drunk driving cases may soon invite a jail term ranging from one day to six months if the latest proposal by Delhi Traffic Police is accepted.
Failing to curb drunk driving despite stringent prosecutions, the traffic police have approached the magistrates to ensure mandatory jail terms. At present, only 25% of drunk drivers go to jail while the rest pay a fine of Rs. 2,000. Till April 15 this year, of the 11,072 drunk drivers, only 1,757 were imprisoned.
“We have taken up the matter with the magistrates to award a minimum jail term of at least one day to drunk drivers,” said Anil Shukla, additional commissioner of police (traffic).
As per the traffic police, imprisonment is the only deterrent as the existing motor vehicle act prescribes a mere fine of Rs. 2,000 or six month imprisonment or both for the first offence, and R3,000 fine or up to two years’ imprisonment or both for a subsequent offence.
Meanwhile, the traffic police are preparing a database of drunk drivers to identify repeat violators and have been posting stickers about punishments set out for drunk driving. Contact details of radio taxi service providers at city’s watering holes are also being provided.