Despite efforts by the Hyderabad Traffic Police to curb drunk driving through enforcement drives, in July over 600 persons were sent to jail for driving under the influence of alcohol.

The violators were produced before the Third and Fourth Metropolitan Magistrate courts in Nampally here and 611 drunk drivers were awarded imprisonment for periods ranging from of two to 60 days.

Driving licences of 16 violators were cancelled permanently
The court also suspended driving licences of 70 persons for six months to five years.

Additional Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Anil Kumar said 3,082 drunk drivers were caught and charge sheets were filed against them.

A fine of Rs. 66.77 lakh was collected from the offenders. They were sent to Chanchalguda Central Prison, he said.

Meanwhile, 12 minors were sent to juvenile homes for seven days on charges of driving. Mr. Kumar said over 70 persons who were caught driving without a licence or using a cell phone while driving and were also awarded imprisonment ranging from one day to seven days.

Official said those caught and convicted for drunk driving were likely to face difficulties in securing government jobs, passport and visa clearance.

Violators committing such offences would be sent for counselling at the Traffic Training Institutions at Goshamahal and Begumpet, Mr. Kumar added.

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