New Delhi: With more than 400 drunk drivers prosecuted in the last three days, the Delhi Police on Sunday warned Delhiites against driving under the influence of alcohol to ensure a safe Holi.
According to a message posted by Joint Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Satyendra Garg on Facebook, which has over 100,000 followers, Garg said that the stringent drive will continue after Holi too.
"439 drunk drivers in 3 days: City had 146 drunk drivers on Saturday. You check them any day and they are there to be caught, to go to jail and of course get injured and may be dead," Garg posted.
"We are committed to a safe Holi and we will keep up the drive, maybe much beyond Holi," he added.
Garg further said that the police will come down heavily on drunk drivers and those who are stubborn and won`t obey will be jailed.
"If they do not change, we are there to send them to jail. This year, in just two months (January and February), nearly 700 people have been awarded jail terms," said Garg.
"It is amazing how people take risks. Jail, death, injury, nothing scares them," he added.
The cabinet Thursday approved the Motor Vehicle Amendment Bill which has three categories and varying fines:
First category - 30-60 mg of alcohol per 100 ml of blood; first offence would attract a fine of Rs.2,000 or six months in jail or both.
Second category - 60-150 mg of alcohol per 100 ml of blood; first offence would invite a fine of Rs.4,000 or one year jail term or both. Second offence would attract a fine of Rs.8,000 or a three-year jail term or both.
Third category - over 150 mg of alcohol per 100 ml of blood; first offence would invite fine of Rs.5,000 or two years in jail or both. The second offence would attract a fine of Rs.10,000 or four years in jail or both. It could even lead to cancellation of the driving license.