'A peg or two may cost your life'

Police counselling

Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime and traffic) P Rajendra Prasad making a point, at the counselling for those booked under drunk drive, in Mysore on Sunday. DH photo

Counselling nearly 100 people booked under the case in three days, at the City Police Stall in Dasara Exhibition Grounds here on Sunday, DCP (Crime and traffic) P Rajendra Prasad gave a wide vista of liquor consumption and its effects.

Quoting law, the officer said only 30 ml of whisky, 125 ml of wine and 300 ml of beer construed as ‘permissible drink’ can be consumed by a person. In the case of any over drink, they (people) will be booked under law. Unlike other cases, the law-breakers cannot wash their hands off paying spot fine. They have to pay a fixed fine amount depending upon the nature of the case at the court of law.

The officer said nearly 2,000 such cases are already booked up to November. Considering the magnitude of the issue, the cops have been deploying methods that could create awareness rather than imposing fine. Of late, the services of travel operators has been sought. In the case of any man at the wheels found drunk, the cops will summon those private drivers replacing the ‘driver in an inebriated condition’. It doesn’t mean they will be let-off later. Such drivers will have to face the court of law. In the earlier cases, garuda patrolling jeeps and ‘Police Control Room’ (PCR) vehicles and also pre-paid auto drivers were doing the job. In the case of two-wheelers, the cops will either seize the vehicle or allow him or her to go, only if the pillion riders aren’t hit by alcohol.

To make the class quite realistic, the officer took the ‘students’ around the stall and explained to them about the incidents. Showing at the ‘recreation of accident scene’ the officer said ‘any err on wheels may prove costly’. It’s not for the first time the city police have been counselling such offenders. Starting from the period of then Police Commissioner Praveen Sood, all those booked under the case have been attending the classes every weekend either at the conference hall in the premises of Police Commissioner’s office or Police Training Centre atop V V  Puram Traffic Police Station.

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