Nawanshahr man hits a new high
■ 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.