Bring down alcohol level permissible in blood to 0 from 30mg: HC to Centre
MUMBAI: As cases of drink driving and accidents caused by them rise, the Bombay HC on Thursday said there was a need for a zerotolerance policy towards drink driving, and for this, urged the Centre to amend the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988, to bring down minimum quantity of blood alcohol from 30mg per 100 ml to zero.
“We find nothing to suggest that some quantity of alcohol in the blood can be considered safe,” said a division bench of justice Abhay Oka and justice Gautam Patel, while asking the government to inform the court in six weeks if it was willing to amend section 185 of the act to bring down minimum alcohol quantity to zero, or allow the states to have their own norms.
“There is, in fact, no reason why any person who has had any amount of drink should be permitted to drive,” the judges said, adding, “Given the alternatives available [like employing a driver] and having regard to manifest risk, especially to third parties, we would strenuously urge the adoption by the Central government of a zero-tolerance policy towards drunken driving.” The bench said the time had come for such a measure, especially after 705 people were found to be driving under the influence in Mumbai alone on New year’s eve.
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