IMPRISONMENT FOR DRUNKEN DRIVING

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Panaji, July 23, 2018 … As per Section 185 of Motor Vehicle Act 1988 whoever, while driving, or attempting to drive a motor vehicle has in his blood alcohol exceeding 30 mg per 100 ml of blood detected in a test by a breath analyser 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.

For a second or subsequent offence if committed within three years of the commission of the previous similar offence, the violator will face an imprisonment for a term which may extend to two years or with fine which may extend to three thousand rupees or with both.

Taking serious cognizance of the menace of drunken driving, the Hon’ble JMFC ‘B’ Court, Ponda has recently sentenced one such violator to undergo imprisonment for a period of one week and also to pay fine of Rs. 2,000/- and in default to undergo imprisonment for a period of one month. The Hon’ble Court has also suspended the Driving Licence of the violator for a period of 6 months.

The Deputy Superintendent of Police, Traffic (HQ) has stated that driving under the influence of alcohol being one of the major causes of vehicle accidents, violators are being strictly dealt with. As this violation being non-compoundable, the same is referred to appropriate Court of Law with a request to impose maximum  fine and imprisonment, as also suspension of Driving Licence.

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