Drunken driving jails 34: No respite for violators, kin bear the brunt

The courts, however, are closed for the weekend. It seems the violators will remain behind bars at least till Monday when the courts reopen.

Written by Swati Mahajan | Chandigarh | Updated: March 27, 2016 5:36 am

A DAY after a local court sentenced 34 people to simple imprisonment of one month for drunken driving, family members of the violators thronged the district courts complex on Saturday, making rounds at the courts to appeal against the convictions. The families of at least 13 violators, presently in the jail, were seen getting the appeal drafted from different lawyers.

The courts, however, are closed for the weekend. It seems the violators will remain behind bars at least till Monday when the courts reopen.

A local court had Friday disposed 69 cases of drunken driving, of whom it had sent 34 violators to jail. The chief judicial magistrate’s court was jam-packed with offenders on Friday, who had been summoned to appear before the court.

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Though many of the violators expected to pay a fine and get their documents released from the court, they were shocked when the court began sentencing them to a month-long imprisonment. Within a few minutes, the violators’ family members began reaching the court premises.

The violators were sentenced to one-month imprisonment under Section 185 of the Motor Vehicles Act. Among those sentenced was Amit. While talking to Sunday Newsline, Amit’s relative said, “We didn’t know he will be jailed. We thought he will be back after getting his documents released from the court.”

Another violator, Anurag, who was also taken into custody said, “We were having a good time on Holi when a police vehicle stopped us in Sector 11 and challaned me since I was driving the vehicle. But we never knew this fun will leave me behind bars.” Most of the offenders are youngsters. A few of them even showed signs of remorse but the court showed no mercy and reprimanded them with the maximum punishment.

Advocate AS Sukhija, said, “Everybody is against the menace of drunken driving. We must take lessons from other countries who have strict laws against it. Whosoever indulges in drunken driving, strict punishment should be given to him”. Advocate Rabindra Pandit, said, “It is a good move by the judicial officer as it will send the right signal to those who indulging in drunken driving. Drinking and driving is extremely unsafe and this is the only way to curb it”.

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  1. D
    Mar 27, 2016 at 1:11 am
    I agree with harsh treatment of drunken driving. However, there is a discrepancy in our laws. Most liberal democracies allow 80 mg/dl BAC limits, India allows 30. This, in a country, where average speeds are about a third or less that advanced countries. This is either moralising at it's worth, a deliberate attempt to set people up for failure and promote low level corruption, or worse - an acceptance of genetic inferiority by our law-makers.