Chandigarh police fined 6,000 drunk drivers this year
Between January 1 and December 16 this year, 5,986 challans have been issued for drunk driving, highest in the past seven years. In 2016, 4,677 drunk drivers were fined.punjab Updated: Dec 18, 2017 16:17 IST
Cracking the whip against drunk driving, the Chandigarh traffic police have challaned nearly 6,000 offenders this year so far.
Between January 1 and December 16 this year, 5,986 challans have been issued for drunk driving, highest in the past seven years. In 2016, 4,677 drunk drivers were fined.
Drunk driving remained a major concern of the traffic police this year. Nakas were set up at different locations near pubs, clubs, bars, restaurants and hotels where the drivers are made to undergo breath analyser test. During one such drive on Saturday, 66 offenders were challaned and their vehicles were also impounded. The police have forwarded the challan documents to the district courts for legal proceedings.
A dedicated team for checking was set up. Instead of putting up barricades, the cops parked their vehicles on the road.
Soon after the Supreme Court had relaxed the highway liquor ban on August 30, the traffic police on September 14 had set a record for most challans for drunk driving in a single day. As many as 157 people, including two women, were fined and their vehicles impounded. Earlier in April, 147 challans were issued on a single day. Even on Holi, when hooliganism is at its peak, 90 challans were issued.
“The number of nakas was increased this year in view of the rise in drunk driving cases,” said a senior police officer. Besides the weekend, checking was conducted on Wednesdays as well throughout the year.
The traffic cops also set up mobile nakas that kept shifting. A dedicated team for random checking was also set up. Instead of putting up barricades, the cops just parked their vehicles on the road. The department also procured 50 new breath analysers.
What law says
According to the Motor Vehicles Act, the drunk driver can be awarded six months jail or Rs 2,000 fine or both for the first offence, while there is a provision for two years jail or Rs 3,000 fine or both for second or subsequent offence within three years of the previous offence.
Chandigarh courts have been mostly sentencing the drunk drivers till the rising of the court, but now besides jail police have also started recommending suspension of driving licences, according to the recommendations of the Supreme Court’s road safety committee.