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Crackdown fails to stop drunken driving.

DESPITE continuous crackdown by the Delhi Traffic police on drunken driving, more than 500 motorists were prosecuted for the offence on the eve of New Year in the National Capital.

Armed with breath analysers, 70 Traffic Police teams were deployed on the Delhi roads to check the menace. Special pickets were also set- up to stop over- speeding, dangerous driving and other traffic menace.

As many as 724 motorists were prosecuted for committing various traffic violations, which included 67 for dangerous driving and 532 for drunken driving.

" A total of 238 car drivers, 265 twowheeler riders and 12 auto- rickshaws were prosecuted out of which 91 vehicles were impounded on the spot. Five cases under Section 279 ( reckless and negligent driving) of the Indian Penal Code were registered against five motorists," Special Commissioner of Police ( Traffic) Taj Hasan told Mail Today.

The data shows a rise in drunken driving cases this New Year eve as compared to the previous years. While 489 motorists were prosecuted in 2013, 418 were fined in 2012 and 346 in 2011.

Till December 15 last year, 24,564 drivers were prosecuted for drunk driving. Out of these cases, 3,397 drivers have been handed jail term and driving licenses of 631 motorists suspended.

" Drunken driving is one of the major reasons behind fatal accidents on city roads.

And we maintained pressure on the offenders. The impact is evident as number of fatal accidents has been lowest in past several years. We will continue our efforts for safer roads in the city," the officer said.

As per the law, the maximum punishment is a six- month jail term plus a fine of ` 2,000 for the first time offence, and a twoyear jail term plus a fine of ` 3,000 for the second offence.

An alcohol- meter count of more than 30 mg of alcohol constitutes drunken driving.

A Traffic Police official said imprisonment can be awarded to anyone who has consumed 30 mg of alcohol or more, but the punishment is usually given to those registering over 100 mg of alcohol.

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Date:Jan 2, 2014
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