Bring down al­co­hol level per­mis­si­ble in blood to 0 from 30mg: HC to Cen­tre

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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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