Stiff penalty for drunk driving kicks in under new law

Stiff penalty for drunk driving kicks in under new law

For the first time in Tamil Nadu, a Metropolitan Magistrate’s Court made a motorist cough up 10,000 fine for drunken driving and another 15,000 for driving under the influence of alcohol and without a valid driving license on Wednesday. For the first time in Tamil Nadu, a Metropolitan Magistrate’s Court made a motorist cough up 10,000 fine for drunken driving and another 15,000 for driving under the influence of alcohol and without a valid driving license on Wednesday.

The Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Act, 2019, was passed by the Rajya Sabha on July 31 and on August 9, the President of India gave his assent and it was notified in the gazette. “Once a law is passed, the Judiciary does not need a separate circular to implement it,” said a source from the court. On Wednesday, the same magistrate ordered two-day imprisonment and a fine for a man who drove a heavy vehicle under the influence of alcohol in Periamet police station limits.

Senior transport and traffic police officials welcomed the move. “On an average, 33 persons die in Tamil Nadu every day due to accidents caused by drunk drivers. So such heavy fines will be a deterrent,” said an official from the transport department.