To ensure that if not sentenced on the first occasion for indulging in drunken driving,an offender is not easily let off for repeating the offence,the UT Traffic Police has decided to press hard for conviction of repeat offenders in Court. For this,the Traffic Police will request its prosecution branch and law officers to demand conviction of repeat offenders from the Court. Till now,the Court has sentenced drunken drivers till the rising of the Court. However,no drunken driver has been sent behind bars till now.
Under the Motor Vehicles Act,a drunken driver can be imprisoned for six months for indulging in drunken driving or punished with a penalty of Rs 2,000 if it is a first offence. If the offence is repeated,it is punishable with imprisonment which can extend event up to two years or a fine of Rs 3,000 or both. Last year the Traffic Police,referring to this provision in the Motor Vehicles Act,had requested the lower Court to send drunken drivers behind bars. If over 30 mg of alcohol per 100 ml of blood is detected,a driver can be booked for drunken driving.
Till now,UT District Courts have convicted 240 drunken drivers till the rising of the Court. However,a drunken driver is yet to be sent behind the bars,as demanded by the police. Also,the Traffic Police has decided to argue before the Court that even if a person is not imprisoned for six months,a drunken driver should be sent to jail for a few days,at least to set a precedent and as deterrent punishment for others.
The prosecution branch and our law officers will be asked to request the Court during the proceedings in drunken driving cases that at least repeat offenders should be sent behind bars so that others are deterred from repeating the offence. The endeavour is only to ensure that the menace of drunken driving is completely removed. The day a drunken driver will be sent behind bars,other repeat offenders will think twice before indulging in drunken driving, said DSP (Traffic) Vijay Kumar. He added,Our law officers will also request the Court that if not for a month,then at least for a few days a drunken driver should be made to stay behind bars. Drunken drivers are a threat to public safety.
Last year the Punjab and Haryana High Court had suggested that the lower Courts award strict punishment to drunken drivers. The High Court had suggested that the lower Courts of Punjab,Haryana and Chandigarh consider sentencing of drunken drivers.