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Drunk driving cases on the rise: Court

Drunk driving cases on the rise: Court

A Delhi court has refused to set aside the jail term of an auto rickshaw driver held guilty of drunk driving, observing that instances of accidents under influence of alcohol are increasing and some deterrence is required.Special Judge Rakesh Syal, however, reduced the 20-day jail term of 59-year-old Shammi to two days considering his poor financial background.”The instances of accidents and road rage, on account of drunken driving are increasing day-by-day. Thus, some deterrence is required while awarding sentence to those found guilty of drunken driving,” the judge said.

he court, while partly allowing the appeal of the auto driver, noted that the magisterial court had rightly declined him the benefit of probation as he was found drunk during day time while driving a commercial vehicle.”As per record, the appellant was driving a commercial passenger vehicle during day time/peak hours in a drunken state… The driver is a 59-year-old mature person responsible for all his actions. Thus, it is considered that the trial court rightly declined benefit of probation to him,” it said.It also observed that driving a vehicle on road requires “good observation, clear thinking, quick decisions and timely neuromotor response.”

The driver is a 59-year-old mature person responsible for all his actions. Thus, it is considered that the trial court rightly declined benefit of probation to him,” it said.It also observed that driving a vehicle on road requires “good observation, clear thinking, quick decisions and timely neuromotor response.”


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