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Delhi cops seek tough laws to curb drunken driving

Feb 26, 2008 01:41 AM IST India India
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New Delhi: A day after two more lives were lost to drunken driving in the capital, the police are seeking harsher punishment.

Taking cue from the police they are now asking magistrates to jail offenders and not just fine them.

"We are writing to the magistrates to jail people instead of just fining them," DCP Traffic New Delhi Range Suvashish Chaudhary says.

This decision of the Delhi traffic police has come too late for students Sneha Kapoor and Anirudh Rawat.

On Saturday night, the students were returning from a party at the Intercontinental Hotel when their speeding car, a Skoda Laura, hit a tree at a reported speed of over 100kmph, and overturned. They were allegedly in an inebriated state.

The accident happened in spite of there being a drive by the Delhi Police against drunken driving in that very area.

In fact, on Saturday night, the Delhi Traffic Police handed out nearly 50 traffic challans in Lutyen's Delhi alone, and have registered over two hundred cases of drunken driving in just the first 2 months of 2008.The police are keeping an eye on every 5-star hotel and pub in the area, but no one has been jailed for drunken driving in Delhi so far.

Armed with the knowledge that they can almost certainly get away with a fine, youngsters continue to flout the rules.

"This dangerous cocktail of wealth, availability and immaturity needs to be checked," Chaudhary says.

However, even as the Delhi Police insist they are doing their best to curb these incidences, the onus really lies on the citizens of Delhi to not mix drinking and driving.