They were sentenced for durations ranging from one to 25 days. “This is a highly dangerous trend as the commuters are putting their lives at risk by driving under the influence of alcohol,” an official said, adding that all the booked persons would have to appear before the court for final disposal of the case where they would be penalised.
Their driving licenses would be forwarded to the Regional Transport Office concerned for suspension as per law. All those caught were produced before the court, which imposed fines of Rs 2,109,000 on them. The Cyberabad traffic police urged citizens to exhibit self-discipline and responsibility while driving.
Officials said that from now onwards, not just drunk driving, but travelling with someone who is driving after drinking can also be considered an offence. The decision was taken after the traffic police noticed that most of the motorists driving in an inebriated condition had someone accompanying them on bikes, cars and other heavy vehicles. “Instead of stopping the person who drives after getting drunk, these people are accompanying them. In cases of road crashes, not only the driver but also the pillion rider or passengers in the vehicles too were losing lives,” said SM Vijay Kumar, DCP (Traffic), Cyberabad.
It was further informed that any person found to be travelling along with drunk people will be booked under Section 188 (Punishment for Abetment of Offences) of The Motor Vehicles Act, 1988.