Nawanshahr man hits a new high

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - Live - - FRONT PAGE - HT Live Correspondent chdlivedesk@hin­dus­tan­times.com

■ CHANDI­GARH: A Nawanshahr res­i­dent cre­ated a record of sorts late Wed­nes­day night when traf­fic po­lice found him high on liquor, 13 times more than the per­mis­si­ble limit.

In case al­co­hol con­tent is found to be more than 30 mg per 100 ml of blood, a mo­torist can be booked for drunken driv­ing. Baljin­der Singh of Nawanshahr had 400 mg liquor in his blood. The po­lice said he had con­sumed more than half bot­tle of liquor. Singh was driv­ing a Tata 407 when he was caught at a naka. The po­lice chal­laned 78 res­i­dents for over­speed­ing at spe­cial nakas set up to check drunken driv­ing.

DSP (traf­fic) Vi­jay Ku­mar said ever since they have stepped up the drive, it is the fourth in­stance when a mo­torist was found drunk much be­yond the per­mis­si­ble limit. The in­ci­dents of drunken driv­ing

400 MG OF AL­CO­HOL FOUND IN BALJIN­DER SINGH’S BLOOD AGAINST THE PER­MIS­SI­BLE LIMIT OF 30 MG PER 100 ML

have reg­is­tered a dip ever since they have tight­ened the noose around vi­o­la­tors, he added. About 3,616 challans were is­sued to mo­torists for drunken driv­ing this year.

Sources in po­lice assert they were keep­ing a check on drunken driv­ing as mo­torists also in­dulge in brawls, ev­i­dent from in­creas­ing in­ci­dents of road rage. Though such cases nor­mally do not reach the po­lice and go un­re­ported, sources added that the num­ber is fairly high.

Un­der Sec­tion 185 of Mo­tor Ve­hi­cles Act, 1988, any­one caught for drunken driv­ing faces im­pris­on­ment up to six months or a fine of Rs 2,000 or both.

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