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‘Police helpless to curb the menace of drunken driving’

india Updated: Oct 05, 2011 01:38 IST
Hindustan Times

‘Police helpless to curb the menace of drunken driving’ says SK Chowdhury, former jt commissioner, Delhi Police in an interview to Hindustan Times.

Which law you think should be amended that can act as a deterrent for drunken drivers?
Several changes are required in the current laws to curb the menace. Section 304-A of IPC needs to be re-looked. Two years imprisonment is not enough at all. Besides, it is a bailable offence that should be changed.

Within the existing laws what more police can do to control drunken driving?
The police should deal strongly with the Motor Vehicle Act, especially sections like 183 and 184 related to fines. On good roads, over speeding is becoming a nuisance and such act should be considered as dangerous driving.

Despite police's claim to have controlled drunken driving, why such cases are increasing?
The reason is very simple. The police are helpless as both sections of IPC and MVA have proved least effective. The challan of only Rs 2,000 and two years imprisonment are nearly toothless tools in hands of police.

How the present situation can be improved?
The police should be provided with state-of-the-art equipment like CCTVs, more vehicles, speed checking devices etc.