Injuring or killing someone on the road while driving under the influence of alcohol will now be considered an offence and violators will not get immediate bail, senior Delhi police officers said on Saturday.
Taking into account the rising cases of road accidents by inebriated drivers, Delhi Police have now decided to impose section 304 and 308 of IPC in such cases, making them non-bailable offences.
In case of death due to the reckless driving by a drunk driver, the accused will be booked under section 304 (culpable homicide not amounting to murder) of the Indian Penal Code.
If someone escape death but suffers serious injuries, section 308 (attempt to commit culpable homicide) of IPC will be slapped against the errant driver, said a senior police officer.
In both conditions, the senior police officer said, the errant driver will be sent to jail after arrest instead of being released on bail from the police station.
Earlier, the Delhi police used to registered cases under section 304 A (causing death due to negligence) when someone died due to rash and drunk driving.
“The decision to crack down on drunk drivers who put lives of others in danger have been taken by the top brass of Delhi Police. Deepak Mishra, special commissioner of police (law and order), has asked additional CPs and DCPs of all 11 districts to maintain a zero tolerance policy,” said the senior officer.
The police, its traffic wing in particular, have decided to intensify their drive against drunken driving, especially during night. The traffic cops have already started maintaining a database of repeat offenders who were caught driving under the influence of alcohol more than once.
“We prepare a list of such repeat offenders and send it to the transport departments for suspending or cancelling their driving licences. So far, we have sent a list of 16,000 repeat offenders of drunken driving to the transport department recommending suspension of their licences,” said the officer.
Six men were injured when a speeding Hyundai Accent car allegedly being driven by a drunk man hit their cycle rickshaws.