Drunken driving: 22,000 cases booked in Hassan in six months

Drunken driving: 22,000 cases booked in Hassan in six months

Offenders to undergo mandatory counselling with family members

Drunken driving: 22,000 cases booked in Hassan in six months

In an effort to check the rise in drunken driving cases in the city, the Traffic Police are on their toes seizing vehicles, imposing fines and ensuring that violators attend mandatory counselling in police stations.

Earlier, the Traffic Police used to collect spot fines and let off those who drive under the influence of liquor above the recommended levels but now, the vehicles are seized and owners have to get their vehicles released only after paying fines in the court.

Besides, the driver should attend counselling with his wife, or one of his parents in the jurisdictional police station.

Fines collected
According to Police department officials, traffic violations are on the rise in the city as there has been a corresponding increase in fine collections. Last year, the total fine amount collected was Rs 46,50,400, while it is Rs 23,41,100 up to June this year. With a rise in vehicular density, the fine collected is also more.

On an average, the Police book 200 cases a day and collect Rs 20,000. Fine amount in lakhs of rupees has been collected in connection with drunken driving cases. While it was Rs 36,56,500 in 2015, it has increased to Rs 46,50,400 in 2016.

Other violations
Traffic violations include helmetless riding of two-wheelers, drunken driving, driving without license, using shrill horn, overspeeding, violation in ‘no parking’ zone, violation of ‘one way’ rule, resorting to wheelies, haphazard parking, signal jumping, use of mobile phones while driving and others.

Traffic Sub-Inspector Madhu told DH that the number of incidents of traffic rules violations is on the rise. Though people are aware that driving without helmets is dangerous, they do not follow the rules, he said.

Pay fine in court
SP Rahul Kumar said that awareness is being created among school and college students by distributing handbills. “Drunken driving is a serious offence which can pose a threat to the lives of others. Hence, the violators would not be let free after collecting a spot fine. It has been made mandatory to pay the fine in the court and get their vehicle released. Moreover, the driver has to attend counselling with one of his family members. Both drivers and pillion riders should compulsorily wear helmets for a safe drive,” he said.

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