Chandigarh Traffic Police is conducting special drive against drunken driving in the city by organizing nakas using breath analyzers on different locations near pubs, clubs, bars, restaurants and hotels. For community participation, traffic marshals are also present at these nakas.
On 15.9.2017, Traffic Police organized special nakas in the city at various places to check drunken driving and booked 116 offenders for this violation and their vehicles were also impounded. Challan documents have been forwarded to District Court for further legal proceedings. It is pertinent to mention that during this year upto 15.9.2017, 4150 offenders have been booked for the violation of drunken driving.
As per Section 185 of Motor Vehicle Act 1988, he/she shall be punishable for the first offence with imprisonment for a term which may extend to six months, or with fine which may extend to two thousand rupees, or with both.
Further as per Sector 20 (2) of Motor Vehicle Act 1988, his/her driving license shall be disqualified for a period of not less than six months.
As per Section 22(2) of Motor Vehicle Act 1988, if a person, having been previously convicted of an offence punishable under section 185 is again convicted of an offence punishable under that section, the Court, making such subsequent conviction, shall, by order, cancel the driving licence held by such person”.
Chandigarh Traffic Police appeals to the general public to avoid driving in drunken condition and also ensure that a sober person drives in such situation or alternate means of transport are engaged.