The next time you travel in a car, make sure the driver has not consumed liquor. Or else, you could be arrested along with him for abetting the offence.
On February 5, for the first time, police booked a person for abetting the offence of drink driving. On Wednesday, a Mumbai court sent Yogesh Bhoir (21) to jail for driving while drunk and his friend Lokesh Golap for abetting the offence. The Thane residents, both students, were arrested as they were returning from a party in suburban Bandra in a Maruti Swift.
The law that allows a passenger to be charged for allowing a drunk person to drive already exists — Section 188 of the Motor Vehicles Act (1988). An offender could be imprisoned for up to six months and fined.
“We arrested Golap as the alcohol level in his blood test indicated 400 mg/100 ml, while Bhoir’s blood test recorded 140 mg/100 ml,” said Harish Baijal, DCP (Traffic). The permissible limit is 30 mg/100 ml.
Bhoir and Golap, both sons of businessmen, were summoned to court the day after their arrests, but they failed to appear. They were then presented in court on Wednesday and sent to jail after Baijal sought their custody. Bhoir’s licence was suspended for six months and he was fined Rs 2,000.
“It does not matter whether the passenger is drunk or sober. If the passenger is aware that the driver is drunk and still allows him to drive, he will face the consequences,” Baijal said.