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Jatin Ahuja

posted 1 year ago

Sir! Main parso side beer pi raha tha ek ploce wale ne pKad kiya bike ka linecess rakho or cout case bana diya mere alcohol level 37 mg / 100 ml hain may u tell how fine s punishment
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A. dear client in your matter Public Drinking alcohol is punishable offence, but why have to part with your vehicle license. Better to consult a lawyer from Vidhikarya panel quickly to avoid penal provisions of law & enforcement.

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Deepak Bade

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A. DO NOT DRINK AND DRIVE. This statement has been repeated a million times world over and yet people continue to drink and drive, believing that accidents cannot happen to them.

Chilling statistics prove drunken driving is a major cause of accidents. India has the highest number of road accidents in the world killing 1,34,000 people every year. Of this 70% or over 93,800 cases are due to consumption of alcohol.


Across cities in India, police have been setting up check points to curb the menace of drunken driving and prosecuting offenders. Fines and jail terms still aren’t enough and accidents continue to rise. India in fact has among the lowest limits for alcohol levels in blood, but still our road accidents and alcohol-related cases are higher than most parts of the developed world.
What does the law say?
Police measure blood alcohol content (BAC) by using a breathalyzer. The legal limit of alcohol content in blood is 0.03% or 30mg per 100ml of blood. If a person driving a car has a BAC level of 30mg per 100 ml of blood, he or she can be booked under section 185 of the Motor Vehicle Act, which consists of imprisonment of up to six months or fine of up to Rs. 2,000 or both. For a subsequent offence within three years, the prison term can extend up to 2 years with a fine of Rs. 3,000 or both.
One’s reflexes while driving a motor vehicle can be impaired with a blood alcohol content of anything above zero. Even things like cough syrups and certain health tonics such as Waterbury’s compound contain alcohol, which can be detected in the blood stream, but in small quantities. This is why most manufacturers of such tonics and cough syrups also print stern warnings on the labels about not driving or operating machinery after consuming these medicines.
Statistic show that people with even a small percentage of alcohol in their bloodstream are 2.5 times more likely to be involved in an accident than those who don’t have alcohol. So just how much alcohol does it take to cross the legal limit?
How much is too much?
Ideally, any alcohol is too much. However, since the law stipulates a maximum limit of 30 mg per 100 ml of blood, one would think it is perfectly legal to have a couple of drinks and then drive home. But think again. This limit can very easily be crossed before you know it.
Alcohol absorption in the blood stream is affected by two things – the body mass of the person and the amount of hydration or water content in the body. Those of you who do enjoy your drinks, would have noticed that some days it takes a few more drinks than other days to get tipsy and sometimes it takes very little.
First let’s take a look at just how much alcohol content there is in common alcoholic drinks:
Alcoholic drink / serving size Alcohol percentage Total ml of alcohol in 1 serving
Regular beer (330 ml or 1 pint) 4% 13.2 ml of alcohol
Regular whisky (30 ml or 1 small) 43% 12.9 ml of alcohol
Regular wine (100 ml or 1 glass) 12% 12 ml of alcohol

Virginia Tech University had conducted a study to see just how much alcohol one can consume and what percentage of blood alcohol content that relates to. Here are the findings.
For an average adult male who weighs about 65 Kg these are the limits. To stay within the legal limit this is what he can consume:
• 2 pints of beer (660 ml)
Or
• 1 large whisky (60 ml)
Or
• 2 glasses of wine (200 ml)
Alcohol remains in the body and is metabolized slowly by the liver and the rest is excreted through urine, sweat and breath. It takes a while for this process to take place, and it’s always safer to wait for its effect to wear off before you try driving again.
How long after a drink can you drive?
Research has shown that it takes about one hour to process about 9.5 ml of alcohol in the body. The above data is the maximum amount you can consume to stay within the legal limit. But it’s always safer to drive without any sort of alcoholic influence.
This means that if you’ve had even a pint of beer, you will need to wait at least 90 minutes after you’ve had that drink to be able to drive again without being affected by alcohol. If you’ve had one large whisky, you will have to wait at least three hours before you can drive without being affected by alcohol. However, trace amounts of alcohol will continue to remain in the bloodstream for up to 12 hours.
If you’ve had a drink, what can you do?
Sometimes on social occasions with friends one does have a drink. Try to stick to the above limits and wait it out before you drive back. But if you can’t there are some services now that can help out. You can easily call a radio taxi from EasyCabs or Meru for instance to come pick you up and drop you home. EasyCabs also offers an “Easy Driver” service in some cities in India, where you can request a driver to come and drive you home in your own car. The other option if you are out drinking with a group of friends is to have one designated driver for the evening, who won’t drink and is responsible for ferrying everyone home safely. If you party often in a group, you can have a rotation system of designated drivers each time you go out.
Skoda recently had a campaign for its customers, valid till end may, which stated “You drink, we drive”, where Skoda owners could call the company (http://www.skoda-auto.co.in/ind/pages/ifyoudrinkwedrive.aspx) and a chauffeur would be deployed to drive the customer home.
But the easiest solution is “DO NOT DRINK AND DRIVE”. CarToq encourages you to share this information with people you think would find it useful. Please drive safe and be a responsible citizen.
High security registration plates to become mandatory in Delhi from May 1st!
Posted on May 7, 2012 by CarToq Editor
High Security Registration Plates (HSRP) will soon be mandatory across for all motor vehicles running in India. The rule has already become mandatory in New Delhi from May 1st, 2012 onwards and for all old vehicles running in Delhi; the last date to replace the existing number plates with the HSRP is June 15th, 2012.
Photo: This is how registration plates in Delhi will look in the near future
The implementation of HSRP has already begun in few states such as Kerala, Manipur and other states will follow suit.
HSRP prices are Rs. 69 for a two wheeler, Rs. 86 for a three wheeler and Rs. 214 for a four wheeler. The prices are quite affordable and at par with the prices of ordinary number plates we use at present.
HSRPs are made of aluminium; they have special markings and a laser hologram. The laser hologram will have a hidden 7-digit number than can only be decoded by special laser cameras. The HSRPs are secure because they have a non-reusable snap lock which means that the number plate becomes obsolete once it is broken or removed from the vehicle.
HSRP will be useful for traffic police authorities to identify a vehicle accurately even from a distance. The laser cameras may also be installed on important roads to track speeding vehicles. HSRPs will make life difficult for criminals who use duplicate or new number plates on their cars while committing crimes. HSRPs will likely force road users to follow traffic rules. This is a good move by road authorities to introduce HSRPs for all vehicles.
(Photo Courtesy: The Hindu )
Nissan Sunny XL vs. Maruti Suzuki Ertiga ZDi: Buy the sedan, or the mini-MPV?
Posted on May 7, 2012 by CarToq Editor
CarToq community member Harleen Singh Rawal asked the community which car he should buy. His choices were the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga ZDI and the Nissan Sunny XLD. Here we find out which of the two cars makes more sense.

Let’s take a look at how the two vehicles stand up against each other.
Price
The Ertiga ZDI is priced at Rs. 8.45 lakh costs more than the Sunny XL that is priced at 8.12 lakh. So for someone on a strict budget the Sunny is more sensible. Even in terms of fuel efficiency the Sunny with a mileage of 21.6 Kmpl is a little more than the Ertiga’s 20.77 Kmpl figure.
Performance and handling
The Ertiga makes 89 Bhp of power which is more than the Sunny’s 85 Bhp but both the cars have the same torque (200 Nm). Neither the Sunny nor the Ertiga are cars that are big on power and performance, both of them are ideal for sedate driving. However if we had to pick one then the Sunny diesel is better thanks to its lightweight body.
Space and comfort
There is no beating the Sunny when it comes to space but that is if you are comparing it to a five seater. The Sunny is longer than the Ertiga, but the Ertiga is taller while they are both equally wide. So if headroom is more important the Ertiga is better especially since it can also be used as a seven seater, when required.
But if you were to carry only five passengers then the Sunny with its 636 mm of rear seat legroom is much better than Ertiga. Even in terms of luggage space the Sunny has an edge. With only the third row of the Ertiga folded it has 480 litres of boot space. The Sunny which is only a five seater has 490 litres of luggage space. So it’s more about your needs and an outright winner cannot be picked here.Also read: Nissan Sunny vs. Maruti Suzuki Ertiga: Comparison
Features
The Sunny XL and the Ertiga ZDI aren’t very different in terms of features. The Sunny does have some tricks up its sleeves though; it comes with Automatic climate control, an intelligent key with push button start and electric folding mirrors. These features aren’t available on the Ertiga. The only features that the Ertiga ZDi has and the Sunny doesn’t is a rear wash and wipe, otherwise the Sunny is clearly a better choice.
Given below are some responses that the community gave to Harleen’s question. Take a look:
CarToq Expert Babychen Mathew told Harleen that “If you want a car that can seat five people in ok comfort and two with some compromises by everyone, then the Ertiga is the right car. Also, if you want flexible luggage space in the back (folding rear seat, folding middle row etc) lots of space then. On the other hand, if you want a car to ferry to five people in great comfort, then the Sunny wins easily. It has amazing space for five people. So if usually you travel with family and kids etc and pick up guests and friends, then go for the Ertiga. If you want a car with maximum comfort for five go for the Sunny.”
Another CarToq Expert Aravindhan suggested that: “If you are planning to keep the vehicle for 8 – 10 years, then it must be a Maruti because, service and maintenance costs should be given more importance. Hence, you should go for the Ertiga because Maruti is known for low maintenance and service costs.”
CarToq Expert Roshun Povaiah seconds Aravindhan’s opinion and stated that easy access to service network and availability of spares should be Harleen’s priorities. He said that Maruti has a well-established network and Nissan is still in the process of expanding its service network.
In terms of utility the Sunny diesel is good for a family of four and luggage, while the Ertiga offers you more all round flexibility. It can be used to ferry four with luggage or seven people for a short trip in the city if needed. Which car do you think is better and why? Share your views in the comments

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A. Public Drinking alcohol is punishable offence, but why have to part with your vehicle license. Better to consult a lawyer from Vidhikarya panel quickly to avoid penal provisions of law & enforcement.

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Ambrose Leo

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