Drunk driving: 200 offenders over weekend, measures fail to curb menace

The courts complex in Sector 43 were packed on Monday with more offenders queuing at the challaning branch waiting for their turn.

Written by Swati Mahajan | Chandigarh | Published: July 26, 2016 1:07 pm
Chandigarh drunk driving, chandigarh drunk driving menace, drunk driving, Holi, news, Chandigarh news, Punjab news, national news, latest news, India news, Chandigarh, punjab Offenders of drunken driving at district court in Chandigarh on Monday, July 25 2016.

Stringent measures by police and the chief judicial magistrate a day after Holi in March this year fails to curb the drunk driving menace in the city.

Still, hundreds of youths are booked for drunk driving every weekend. Though in March, the offenders were sent to one-month imprisonment, this time they were let off by the courts after imposing a meager fine.

The courts complex in Sector 43 were packed on Monday with more offenders queuing at the challaning branch waiting for their turn.

Sources in the police revealed that 200 offenders were challaned last weekend for drink driving by the police.

The offenders queued at the courts complex and waited for the traffic cop to call out their names to pay the fine. The police collected a fine of Rs 3 lakh.

The court had imposed fine of anything between Rs 1,500 and Rs 4,000 on the 200 offenders, who were challaned over the last weekend.

Mohit Sharma, an offender, said: “I am an IT professional and last weekend, I had decided to party with my friends. After partying in Sector 26, I was going to my residence when the police challaned me and impounded my car.”

Raju, a resident of Mauli jagran, said: “We were all celebrating my friend’s birthday and were going back home on two-wheelers when the police caught me and impounded my vehicle.”

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