Not just fine, court date awaits Delhi's drunk drivers
The Delhi Police went hammer and tongs after drunk drivers on Friday night. For the first time ever, the traffic police summoned violators to court instead of just letting them go with a nominal Rs 100 fine.delhi Updated: Jan 02, 2011 01:19 IST
The Delhi Police went hammer and tongs after drunk drivers on Friday night. For the first time ever, the traffic police summoned violators to court instead of just letting them go with a nominal Rs 100 fine.
"We prosecuted 484 persons for various traffic offences last night. While 388 people were booked for drink driving, the remaining were prosecuted for offences such as violation of Supreme Court guidelines, tinted glasses and defective number plates," said Satyendra Garg, joint commissioner of police (traffic).
Garg said those prosecuted for drunken driving were instructed to appear before courts where they could possibly face jail terms, besides getting their licences suspended and paying fines up to Rs 2,000.
Also, this year, the traffic police booked twice the number of offenders as compared to 2009, when only 189 were challaned.
Owing to massive police deployment, Delhi roads remained fatal accident-free on New Year's eve.
"We deployed around 500 traffic police motorcycles and 100-odd teams to check drink driving," Garg said.
The police said all the 388 drivers appeared at various city courts on Saturday morning.
"Though all of those prosecuted last night appeared at a designated court on Saturday, most of them sought future dates for hearings," said Rajan Bhagat, spokesperson, Delhi Police.