Hyderabad: Hyderabad police has in the last two months sent as many as 26 parents to jail for allowing their minor kids to drive. The strict action came after the number of minors seen behind the wheel, leading to frequent deadly accidents.
"In March, 20 parents were sent to jail by the court and this month six parents have been jailed," Anil Kumar, Joint Commission of Traffic Police, Hyderabad, told news agency ANI. In addition to parents being jailed, in one case, a minor was also sent to jail in the month of February, as per the court’s decision.
In the last two months alone, the Hyderabad traffic police has registered 273 cases where minors were found driving. Earlier this week, 04 engineering students, all girls who appeared to have consumed alcohol at a pub and then drove the four-wheeler on to a sidewalk, killing 48-year-old Ashok, a cobbler, who was sleeping on the pavement in Kushaiguda, along with his son Mahesh.
From compulsory counselling sessions to registering of First Information Reports or FIRs, the traffic police in Hyderabad has evolved a full-fledged program on how to enlighten and counsel both the children and parents.
"A minor was sent to jail for one month and we are continuing this drive to send an message to society that minor should not be allowed to drive because driving not only endanger their life but others too," Kumar added.
According to the statistics provided by Hyderabad traffic police, number of underage driving offences grew by more than 30% in the city in 2017 when compared to the previous year. The records further showed that cops booked a total of 14,608 cases in 2017 as comapred to some 11,000 cases registered in 2016.
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