Police challaned a van driver on Saturday for driving in an inebriated condition while ferrying 15 students of BVM Senior Secondary School, Kitchlu Nagar.
Driver Sukhdev Singh was not able to steer the van properly, with the result that school students got panicky and started screaming.
Traffic police personnel chased the vehicle and forced the driver to stop. When pulled over, he was unable to stand on his own. A bottle of liquor was found during a search of the van. Police issued a challan to the erring driver even as they managed to calm down the panicky children.
Later, police impounded the van and informed school authorities. Later, school management deployed another vehicle to ferry students to the school.
According to sub-inspector Swarn Singh of traffic police, people tipped them off that a driver of school van was moving dangerously on Ferozepur road and could cause a mishap. Acting swiftly, police cornered the van driver near mini-secretariat.
SI Swarn Singh claimed that the name of the school was not written on the van and even reflectors were missing, contrary to directions issued by traffic police a few days ago.
He warned that police would initiate a special drive against such offenders from Monday onwards.
Sub-inspector Jasmine, incharge of traffic wing, pointed out that people were generally unconcerned about the conditions of school vans their children travelled in to schools. Most vehicles were loaded beyond their seating capacity, she said. If parents refused to send their wards in overloaded vehicles, the problem would be taken care of automatically, she asserted.