Rash and negligent drivers should be awarded deterrent punishment as leniency shown to them could escalate the number of road accidents in the city, the Delhi high court has ruled.
“One of the most effective ways of keeping such drivers under mental vigil is to maintain a deterrent element in the sentencing sphere. Any leniency shown to them in that sphere would tempt them to make driving frivolous and a frolic, thus endangering the life of public at large, which cannot be allowed,” Justice ML Mehta said.
The high court made the observations while upholding a year-long jail term awarded to bus driver Dharmender for mowing down a cyclist in November 1998 at Raja Garden Chowk in west Delhi.
“When automobiles have become death traps, leniency shown to drivers, found guilty of rash driving, would be at the risk of further escalation of accidents,” the bench said, dismissing the driver’s plea for his release on probation. The bench directed the errant bus driver to surrender.