Drunk driving and speeding are the leading causes of accidents in India. Here’s an incident from Puducherry involving a group of intoxicated tourists who recklessly dragged a motorcycle after driving under the influence. The entire incident was captured on a CCTV camera.
A group of five young tourists from Tamil Nadu, driving a Honda Civic, went on a rampage along Beach Road in Puducherry. Allegedly intoxicated, they were driving recklessly on the narrow road, colliding with multiple vehicles. Despite the locals giving chase, they refused to stop.
In a shocking turn of events, the Honda Civic driver intentionally collided with several two-wheelers and dragged a motorcycle for a considerable distance. Eventually, as the car slowed down, the locals managed to catch up and even opened the driver’s door. However, the Honda Civic driver swiftly accelerated and managed to escape from the scene.
Continuing their reckless path, the Honda Civic collided with additional vehicles, causing a punctured front tire. Nevertheless, the driver persisted in driving. As the locals relentlessly pursued the car, the driver lost control near Karuvadukuppam, crashing into a tree and finally coming to a halt.
The police, who were in pursuit, arrived at the scene where the enraged locals had apprehended the five youngsters and began assaulting them with sticks and stones. All five occupants of the Honda Civic were heavily intoxicated and were subsequently taken to Puducherry Government Hospital for treatment.
The police have filed multiple cases under various sections and are actively investigating the incident.
Don’t drink and drive
It’s important to note that drinking and driving is a serious offense in India, carrying the risk of imprisonment and substantial fines. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, on-spot tests are less common, allowing some drunk drivers to escape detection. However, it should be understood that consuming alcohol inside a car by anyone other than the driver is also illegal, as it is considered drinking in a public place.
Drinking alcohol impairs the body’s reaction time, leading to significant accidents. Many accidents worldwide involve cases of drunk driving. In India, the maximum allowable blood alcohol limit is 30 mg per 100 ml. If a driver’s alcohol level exceeds this limit, their license can be confiscated, and they may face imprisonment and hefty fines depending on the state. In recent years, there has been a strict enforcement of drunken driving laws, resulting in an increase in the number of cases.
Law enforcement officers can stop a vehicle and measure alcohol levels using a breathalyzer. If a person refuses to take the test, they may be taken to a government-approved hospital for a blood sample analysis. However, currently, police officers often try to assess if a person is intoxicated through conversation before administering a test.
Driving or riding while under the influence of alcohol impairs judgment and significantly raises the risk of accidents. It’s crucial to understand that the effects of alcohol may not dissipate by the next morning after a heavy drinking session. Alcohol can also cause slow and lethargic actions, making it highly dangerous to drive or operate machinery under its influence. It is always advisable to take a cab or have a sober person drive during such circumstances.