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Six-month jail for habitual drunk driver

Coming down heavily on a habitual drunk driver, chief judicial magistrate Anubhav Sharma, on Tuesday, awarded six-month jail to a Sector 40 resident, who had been challaned five times for drunk driving. He has also been barred from driving for six months.

chandigarh Updated: May 28, 2014 09:38 IST
Shailee Dogra
Chandigarh

Coming down heavily on a habitual drunk driver, chief judicial magistrate Anubhav Sharma, on Tuesday, awarded six-month jail to a Sector 40 resident, who had been challaned five times for drunk driving. He has also been barred from driving for six months.

This is for the first time in the history of district courts that jail has been given for drunken driving against the traditional punishment of making the violator stand till the rising of the court (TRC).

The court verdict aims to send a message of zero tolerance to drunk driving.

On Monday, Varun , the Sector-40 resident, had challenged his fifth challan for drunk driving on May 21. His application was dismissed and he has also been fined Rs 3,000.

For now, he has been granted bail on surety of Rs 15,000. He is at liberty to appeal against the order within a month, failing which his arrest warrants would be issued.

“The court decision sending repeat offenders to jail is a welcome step and would definitely act as deterrent. Drunk drivers are a danger to the life of innocent persons and families.

Even in cities like Delhi and Mumbai, habitual of fenders are being jailed to send a strong message against the menace,” said UT Traffic SSP Maneesh Chaudhry.

THE CASE
Challaned fifth time for drunk driving on May 21, sector 40 resident Varun had moved court challenging his challan by the UT police. He denied having consumed liquor on May 21, even when as per the police records the alcohol level in his blood was 175 mg.

Instead of accepting the punishment of fine of Rs 3,000 and suspension of licence, Varun decided to contest the challan after securing bail against bail bonds of ` 15,000. Varun raised questions on the alcometers and their calibration, while also claiming that the traf fic police personnel lacked requisite training.

THE CHALLANS OF THE CONVICT

MARCH 18, 2011
APRIL 22, 2011
MARCH 17, 2012
APRIL 23, 2014

MAY 21, 2014 In 2011, the UT police had started the process of sending old record of offenders with challans to the court, so that serial offenders could be singled out.

Each time a person is challaned, the UT police attaches the previous record of the motorists, before sending their challans to the local court.

The previous record of the ones being challaned for drunk driving would be checked before forwarding it to the court.

The offenders are fine, apart from making them stand in the court the whole day and the driving licences of repeat offenders is suspended.

PUNISHMENT FOR DRUNK DRIVING

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 of 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.

276 LICENCES SUSPENDED

Licences of as many as 276 motorists have been suspended in the past five years.