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Drink and Drive Law in India 

India drinking and driving laws

Drink and Drive Law in India

Drinking and driving laws

Section 185 of Motor Vehicle Act

If a Person travelling from one place to another place in a drunken condition on a suspected state then the police has power to stop him under Section 203 Subsection 1 of Motor Vehicle Act

Drink and drive limit, if a Person while driving motor vehicle, he/she has a blood alcohol which exceeds 30 gm of intake per 100 ml of blood which call be detected by Breathalyzer . This is mostly observed in youngster and teens.

Drunk and Drive Case in India

Section 185 of motor vehicle Act

Drunk and drive rules in India


1st time

Imprisonment for six months or drunk driving fine up to Rs 2000/- or both.

2nd time

If it is repeated for 2nd time with in 3 years from the cause of action then the  punishment is for 2 years or fine/ vehicle challan up to Rs 3000/- or both .

Vehicle can be sealed.


Its Bailable

Bail can be given by police officer and also rigorous punishment. High penalty fine can be increased from Rs 2000 – Rs 10000/-.

If the person fails to pay the fine then 2-5 days of simple punishment can be imposed.

In Hyderabad every week 500 people get arrested and 2000 people per month and 240000 cases per year.

Procedure involve in drink and drive from Arrest to Release

After taking to the custody, police verifies the papers/documents  and files complaint and finally  prepares a FIR copy on it.

Within 24 hours Police should submit it to the court with in Jurisdiction. Before taking the person to the court his/her health condition will be checked by a medical officer.

As per section 5” of All India Medical Association, the person should complete his/her medical degree from any medical university then that person is eligible as a medical officer.

The Medical certificate should be duly stamped and signed by him.

The vehicle and accused will be taken to the court. Then the judgement will be given, as per that orders police will have follow (sometime in the Judgement, judge can release the accused and vehicle   by submitting some sureties/bonds/fines) etc..

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