Fined fourth time for drunk driving, man claims alcomoters faulty

  • Shailee Dogra, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: May 27, 2014 10:38 IST

After being challaned three times for drunken driving and paying up fines in each case, a Sector-40 resident has refused to accept his fault the fourth time and moved court, challenging his challan by UT police. He has claimed that the alcometers used by the police are wrong.

Challaned on May 21, Varun, has claimed that he was not drunk even as police records show that the alcohol level in his blood was was 175 mg.

Interestingly, he faces a jail term for two years if he did indeed drink more than the prescribed limit.

He is the first person to contest the case and has been granted bail against bonds of Rs 15,000 by chief judicial magistrate Anubhav Sharma. The court after recording Varun’s statement adjourned the case to Tuesday.

Recording his statement in the court on Monday, Varun claimed that he had not consumed liquor on May 21 when he was challaned at transport lights by the UT police.

He appeared before the court on May 22 and instead of taking the punishment that included standing in the court till the rising, imposition of fine and suspension of licence, Varun opted to contest the police claim and secured bail.

Varun raised questions on the alcometers and their calibration, while also claiming that the traffic police personnel do not have requisite training.

UT SSP Traffic Maneesh Chaudhry when contacted said, “The alcometers are calibrated once in six months and all personnel are trained.”

In 2011, the UT police had started the process of sending the old record of offenders with the challans to the court. This was done to bring to fore the multiple offences by a motorist.

So, every time a person is challaned UT police attaches the previous record of the motorists, before sending their challan to the local court. The previous record of the ones being challaned for drunk driving would be checked before forwarding it to the court.

According to Section 185 of the Motor Vehicle Act, anyone found driving or attempting to drive a vehicle above the permissible limit of alcohol in the blood (30mg/100 ml) faces imprisonment up to six months or a fine of Rs 2,000 or both. Repeat offenders can be fined Rs 3,000 or jailed for up to two years.

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