Drunk-driving: Cops intercept 106 first time offenders

Drunk-driving: Cops intercept 106 first time offenders

Highest of 46 cases booked at Narasimharaja police limits

The drive against first time drunk-driving offenders, launched on Saturday, saw a total of 106 riders, a majority whom were two-wheeler riders, booked for the offence. 

Complying with the recent decision of the Police Commissioner M A Saleem, driving licences of such riders were seized and also notices were served on them.

Of the total cases booked, the highest of 46 cases were booked under N R traffic police limits alone, followed by 37 cases at Devaraja and 23 at Krishnaraja.
 Though the offenders weren’t cross-checked (whether it was for the first time or not), cases were booked in random, in view of the new directive.

ACP (Traffic) Prabhakar Bharki told Deccan Herald, when the drive was launched, some of the offenders were taken by surprise after learning that paying the fine in the court won’t do, as driving licences will be seized mandatorily, as a stringent measure. A few of them were very much aware of the drive through the media, but couldn’t avoid the booze.

As per the procedure, notices have been served on the offenders, asking them to appear before the court on April 28. The fine may vary in the range of Rs 1,500 to Rs 2,000, but cannot be avoided. It is only after remitting the fine, the police will recommend the regional transport authorities — split into two, east and west offices — to suspend the licence of the erring riders.

In some cases, the two-wheeler riders were found sans registration copy (RC) book of the vehicles. In such cases, the vehicles also have been seized.

Earlier, it was only in the case of two time drunk-driving cases, licences were seized and referred for further action. When it could not help bring the intended results, it was decided to slash the period (of seizing DLs) from two time to one time offence. In the case of helmetless riding, third time offence will cost the rider his or her DL.