Fine insufficient deterrent for drunken drivers: Court

New Delhi: Expressing concern over rise in cases of drunken driving and observing imposition of fine alone is not acting as sufficient deterrent, a Delhi court has ordered to arrest forthwith a man found guilty of drunken driving to serve 10 days in jail.

The order was passed by Additional Sessions Judge Anju Bajaj Chandna on an appeal by a man sentenced to 10 days in jail for drunken driving, who pleaded that he should be let off with fine only.

"Keeping in view the rise of such offences in the society and further that imposition of fine has not been sufficient deterrent for such offenders, I am not inclined to interfere with the order of sentence so passed by Metropolitan Magistrate," the ASJ said, upholding a magisterial court's order awarding a 10-day jail term to the man.

Kumar, a resident of North West Delhi, had moved the court of ASJ challenging the order of the metropolitan magistrate sentencing him to ten days in jail and a fine of Rs 500 under section 185 (drunken driving) of the Motor Vehicles Act. His licence was also suspended for an year.

Even as he pleaded guilty before the Metropolitan Magistrate, he appealed that he should be let off only with fine.

"I maintain the sentence imposed by the Ld Metropolitan Magistrate as I find no illegality. Appellant is taken into custody to serve the sentence," the ASJ said.