Hyderabad: 1,614 motorists booked for drunken driving in 10 days; 55 jailed

In addition to the arrests, 992 chargesheets, including previous cases, were filed and disposed of in various courts

By Newsmeter Network  Published on  11 July 2024 2:41 PM GMT
Hyderabad: 1,614 motorists booked for drunken driving in 10 days; 55 jailed

Hyderabad: The Hyderabad Traffic Police have intensified their campaign against drunk driving, resulting in 55 motorists being jailed over the past 10 days. From July 1 to July 10, a total of 1,614 motorists were booked for driving under the influence of alcohol.

In addition to the arrests, 992 chargesheets, including previous cases, were filed and disposed of in various courts. Magistrates have imposed fines totalling Rs 21,36,000 on all violators. Eight driving licenses were suspended during this period.

Details on imprisonment

The breakdown of the imprisonment sentences is as follows:

- 3 persons received 15-day sentences.

- 2 persons received 6-day sentences.

- 30 persons received 4-day sentences.

- 5 persons received 3-day sentences.

- 14 persons received 2-day sentences.

- 1 person received a 1-day sentence.

Details on suspension of driving licenses

The suspension periods for various driving licenses ranged from:

- 4 licenses suspended for 6 months

- 2 licenses suspended for 4 months

- 2 licenses suspended for 2 months

High blood alcohol levels detected

As many as 79 motorists were found with blood alcohol concentrations (BAC) exceeding 200 mg/100 ml, significantly above the permissible limit of less than 30 mg/100 ml. These violators were charged under Section 185 of the Motor Vehicles Act and counselled at the Traffic Institutes (TIs) of Goshamahal and Begumpet.

Effects of drunk driving

“Alcohol hampers vision due to dizziness and it also hinders fear, inciting humans to take risks. All these factors while driving result in accidents and many a time prove fatal,” stated P Viswa Prasad, IPS, Hyderabad Traffic Police.

Drunk driving is an offence under Section 185 of the MV Act. The punishment includes a penalty of Rs 10,000 and/or up to six months imprisonment. Driving licenses can be suspended for three months or more, or permanently.

Appeal to motorists

The Hyderabad Traffic Police appeal to all motorists not to drive under the influence of alcohol. “We urge everyone to prioritise road safety and avoid driving when drunk to prevent accidents and save lives,” added Prasad.

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