Now face penalty for travelling with a drunk driver

February 11th, 2009 - 11:38 pm ICT by IANS  

Mumbai, Feb 11 (IANS) Now people travelling in a vehicle driven by an inebriated driver could also face a fine and a jail term here, thanks to a city court’s ruling Wednesday.
A Mumbai sessions court Wednesday slapped a Rs.2,000 fine and a day’s jail on a drunk driver and his co-passenger, the police said.

During an anti-drunken driving campaign Feb 4 in northeast Mumbai’s Mulund suburb, the police stopped a Maruti Swift and the driver tested positive for alcohol consumption.

When the co-passenger was asked if he was aware of the driver having consumed liquor, he replied in the affirmative.

Accordingly, the police booked the driver under Section 185 of the Motor Vehicles Act and slapped charges against the co-passenger under Section 188 of the same act.

Section 188 says that “whoever abets the commission of an offence under Sections 184, 185 or 186, shall be punishable with the punishment provided for the offence”.

When the case came up for hearing Wednesday, Yogesh Bhoir and co-passenger Lokesh Gholap were fined Rs.2,000 stipulated under the law and a day’s simple imprisonment.

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