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Professional Drivers Not Complying with Traffic Laws: Delhi Court

Professional drivers who drive commercial vehicles negligently should be subject to stringent punishment: Delhi court

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Stringent punishment should be imposed on professional drivers who drive commercial vehicles irresponsibly, as they pose a serious threat to life, a Delhi court has observed in a case of drunken driving.

The court made the observation while sending a 27-year-old youth to three days in jail for driving under the influence of alcohol and not possessing a valid driving licence.

The Additional Sessions judge, Vidya Prakash, also observed that drunken drivers should be punished strictly, saying:

It is high time now that such conduct is taken seriously and stringent punishment is imposed upon those who indulge in driving vehicles in drunken state which is proving to be fatal not only to the lives of innocent citizens using roads in Delhi but also to the passengers who are travelling in such vehicles.

The court, however, reduced the jail term of the convict to three days from the 10 days that he was asked to serve by a magisterial court’s order. The Delhi court noted that he was a first-time offender and had shown remorse for his act.

Recently, a 32 year-old marketing consultant, Siddharth Sharma died in a hit-and-run case. While the 17 year-old accused has been sent to remand home, his father who was initially arrested, was released on bail.

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