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Don't drink and drive, you may be jailed

Drinking and driving this party season might land you in jail. More than 700 drunk drivers have been jailed since August this year. Vijaita Singh reports.

delhi Updated: Dec 25, 2010 00:24 IST
Vijaita Singh

Drinking and driving this party season might land you in jail. More than 700 drunk drivers have been jailed since August this year.

The driving licences of 580 offenders have also been suspended, which means they cannot drive for at least six months.

The Delhi Police said beginning next year, they will cancel the licences of second-time offenders. If a licence has been suspended, it can only be retrieved from the issuing authority after six months.

This year's drive has resulted in 2,000 less people being fined for such offences as compared to last year.

"We are preparing a database of the people whose driving licences have been suspended. If caught driving drunk for the second time, the licence stands cancelled," said Satyendra Garg, joint commissioner of police (traffic).

Till now, the police were only fining the offenders Rs 2,000 and, in extreme cases, were also impounding the vehicle.

In August this year, the Delhi Traffic Police started pressing charges for the conviction of such offenders.

The punishment, ranging from one to 10 days in jail, depended on the amount of alcohol in the blood.