Hyderabad: A total of 198 persons, who were caught in just five days by the Cyberabad Traffic Police on charges of drunk driving and without driving licences, have been sent to jail for duration ranging from one day to 20 days.
According to the Traffic Police, the 198 persons sentenced to imprisonment were among 910 persons caught for drunk driving and without driving licence during regular vehicle checking between August 23 and 27 at various places across the Cyberabad Commissionerate.
All those caught were produced before court, which imposed a total fine of Rs.18.10 lakh on violators of drunk driving rule and Rs 13 lakh on those without driving licence.
According to the police, Balanagar stood in first place with 52 persons imprisoned for drunk driving, followed by Gachibowli with 50 persons, Rajendranagar with 16 persons and Shadnagar with 13 persons.
The driving licenses of all the persons caught drunk were being sent to the Regional Transport Authority concerned for suspension of the license, officials said.
“Drunk driving and driving by unauthorized persons have been major causes of road crashes and fatalities on roads in Cyberabad. Hence, we have been taking stringent legal action against such violators,” said a senior official from Cyberabad Traffic Wing.
In view of increasing number of road accidents due to drunk driving, the Traffic Police have started strictly acting against drunk drivers while following due Covid safety precautions, the official added.
The persons who cause fatal accidents, particularly under drunken condition were being booked for culpable homicide not amounting to murder as per section 304 part II of the Indian Penal Code which would result in the imprisonment of up to 10 years.
Also, the persons who knowingly allow or accompany the drunk drivers were also being prosecuted for abetting the crimes.
The Cyberabad Police were also intimating the institutions or organizations where the persons involved in mishaps work and are urging to conduct road safety education to their employees.