If you are in Delhi, you must be familiar with this sight. Motorists pleading with traffic policemen besides parked cars. Delhiites like to party an then take their gaddis out for a spin after hitting all the ‘high’ notes. But in this bizarre case, a man snatched a policeman’s alcometre after he was caught driving under the influence of alcohol. The incident happened last week in Connaught Place, when the accused Rishi Dhingra was confronted by the police.
According to a report by The Hindustan Times, Dhingra was stopped by a head constable who asked him to blow the alcometre, the device that detects alcohol content. It was later detected that he was under the influence of alcohol. However, instead of paying the stipulated fine, he grabbed the alcometre from the policeman’s hand and sped away.
Drunken driving is punishable under the Motor Vehicle Act. In Delhi, a first-time offender can be jailed for up to six months, fined Rs 2,000, or both. If the motorist is caught again within three years, he can be jailed for two years, fined Rs 3,000 or be given both punishments.
Earlier this month, A 38-year-old woman died and her 13-year-old daughter was seriously injured after their vehicle was hit by an SUV which was allegedly driven by a Delhi University who was in an inebriated condition. The accused Poonam Malik, 22 was been arrested and booked under IPC sections 304 (punishment for culpable homicide not amounting to murder) and 304 A (causing death by negligence).
In September, two men were killed and two injured after a 23-year-old man rammed his car on a footpath where the four were sleeping in west Delhi’s Rajouri Garden, reports Indian Express.
According to the recent police records, 33,000 people were caught this year (till October) for driving under the influence of alcohol. Compared to 2017, there has been a 27 percent increase in cases of drunken driving.