28 April 2018
Bhubaneswar: A large number of minors involved in accident cases had pushed the Hyderabad police to call for stricter action. Recently, as many as 26 parents were arrested by the Hyderabad police for allowing their underage children to drive on the road in Hyderabad. While 20 parents were jailed for letting minors drive in March, six were jailed till April 23 of this month.
The police began invoking provisions of Motor Vehicle Act 1988 in the courts since February this year after a series of accidents in January caused deaths of five minors.
Recently, four second-year engineering students high on alcohol, after partying drove the four-wheeler on to a sidewalk killing a 48-year-old man along with his son, who was sleeping on the pavement in Kushaiguda of Hyderabad.
At least 273 cases of 'minors behind the wheel' have been registered by Hyderabad traffic police between March and April 23 2018. In February 2018, more than 1079 cases of minors as young as 13-14 years were booked and 60 parents were jailed for the offence. In addition, as per the court’s decision, in one case a minor was also sent to jail in the month of February.
The Additional Commissioner of Police (Traffic), Hyderabad, Anil Kumar said that they are conducting special drives once or twice every week to crackdown against minor or underage drivers. He also informed that the parents and children are being called for counseling and some are sent for a jail term since under the provisions of Motor Vehicle Act 1988 (MV Act), a vehicle-owner can be held responsible if a minor is caught driving.
As per the latest statistics by traffic police, the number of underage driving offences grew by more than 30 per cent in Hyderabad in 2017 when compared to the previous year. The police have booked a total of 14608 cases while a little fewer than 11,000 cases were booked in 2016 indicating a 32 per cent hike in the number of offences.
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