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Revoke licence of repeat offenders of drunken driving, over speeding: Cops

PTI 21 Aug 2014, 23:03:05 PM IST
New Delhi: Delhi Police has written to the Transport Department to revoke licence of those drivers who have been prosecuted for over speeding or drunken driving more than once in the year so far.

Out of the total 20,400 drivers prosecuted for drunken driving from January 1 to August 15 this year, 302 are repeat offenders, according to the data compiled by the Delhi Traffic Police.

As many as 72,612 people were prosecuted for over speeding in this period, out of which 1,690 are repeat offenders.

“We have written to the Transport Department for revoking of licences of repeat offenders of drunken driving and over speeding under Section 19 of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988,” said Special Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Muktesh Chander. Habitual traffic offenders are like habitual criminals and mere challan have failed to prove effective deterrent, he said.

This year, we have issued more than 20,400 challans for drunken driving till August 15. This is far greater than 12,784 challans we had issued for the same offence five years ago in 2009 during the entire span of 12 months, he said.  

An alarming fact which has emerged in the data collected by the Traffic Police is that it prosecutes around 50 lakh traffic offenders every year, while there are 85 lakh registered vehicles in the city, which means that more than half of the vehicles in the city are challaned every year, Chander said.

This year till August 15, Traffic Police has issued 26,79,613 challans for various traffic-related offences.  The only silver lining is that the number of fatal accidents have somewhat reduced this time, as 967 people lost their lives on the streets of the national capital till August 15 this year as against 1,118 deaths in the corresponding period last year, he said.