With the SAS Nagar Police getting equipped with alcometers, it will now be difficult for drunk people to drive in the town.
Earlier, as the police were ill-equipped to check drunken driving, violators had a free run and there were no nakas to check the crime.
On December 31, the police received 10 alcoholmeters and they were given to various police stations and traffic cops to keep a check on drunken driving in the city. Before this, the police had focused on other traffic violations in the city.
Since January 1, the police have issued challans to 28 drunken drivers in the city. A traffic cop seeking anonymity said, “Earlier, drunk drivers had a free run in the city. After consuming liquor some youth prefer going on a drive and they use to opt for SAS Nagar as drunken driving invited fine in Chandigarh.”
Apart from traffic zonal inspectors, alcometers were given to station house officers (SHOs) of police stations of Phase 1, Mataur, Balongi and Phase 8.
A traffic cop said,"According to rules, if alcometer reveals that a person has consumed alcohol above 50 ml, the police can fine the person driving a vehicle and can also impound the vehicle. It the alcometer reveals that the alcohol consumption is above 100 ml, the police can impound the vehicle after issuing him/ her a challan.”
SAS Nagar SSP Gurpreet Singh Bhullar said drives against traffic violations were initiated for the safety of residents. “Our prerogative is to avoid road mishaps and to ensure safety of residents on the road,” he added.
The SSP said, “We are trying to streamline the system and will soon arrange more alcometers for cops at sub-division level.” While explaining the punishment of drunken driving, a traffic cop said, “It depends on the chief judicial magistrate to decide on fine against a violator.”