Delhi has a population of nearly 29.596 million people. According to an Economic survey, there are about 1 crore vehicles on the roads of Delhi out of which 70 lakhs vehicles are two-wheelers. The huge number indicates the probability of accidents and unfortunate events that can take place.
Hence, the government has become pretty strict when it comes to traffic violations. Therefore, they’ve hiked the amount of penalties imposed and allowed the traffic policemen to efficaciously catch hold of those who break road regulations and rules. Not only this, the Delhi Traffic Police is also allowed to seize a driving license of those who drink and drive.
What is the fine for drunk driving in Delhi?
For the first offence, you will receive a challan from the court and will be bound to pay a fine of Rs.10,000. Under the Motor Vehicle (Amendment) Act, 2019 the court can also send you to prison for six months or charge you with both penalties.
Before 1st September 2019, the punishment for drunk and driving under Section 185 of Motor Vehicle Act, 1988 was Rs. 2000/- and/or jail for 6 months.
The fines for violating the traffic rules are applicable on all kinds of four-wheelers, two-wheelers, and commercial vehicles.
What happens if you violate the rule a second time?
In case, you repeat your mistake and make an offence of drunk and driving for the second time then you could be held liable for 2 years in prison and/or a fine of Rs. 15,000/-.
Earlier, for the second offence, you had to pay Rs.3000/- and/or imprisonment of 2 years.
How do the traffic police validates that the driver is drunk?
If the Traffic police doubts or catches you violating the traffic rule when intoxicated with drugs or alcohol, they immediately take a BAC test. They impound/detain the vehicle you are driving. If your Blood Alcohol Content exceeds 30 mg per 100 ml of blood detected by a breath-analyzer, then you are accused of the offence of drunk driving.
Drink and Driving is an offence which can cost both you and someone else’s life. To curb such ignorance while driving, and ensure a safe city, the government has imposed the above mentioned fines.