Punish errant driver, says expert

Anil Kumar Sastry

BANGALORE: Deterrent punishment should be given to the driver who killed four persons in Indiranagar on Saturday morning so that it should send a strong message to others who indulged in careless driving, said S.P. Shankar, senior advocate of the Karnataka High Court.

Mr. Shankar, who is an expert in motor vehicle laws and the Indian Constitution, told The Hindu that it was a different matter that neither the punishment nor the quantum of compensation could bring back the lives. However, severe punishment was necessary to convey the strong message to society, he noted.

While Section 279 of the IPC deals with rash and negligent driving, Section 337 deals with causing ordinary injury, Section 338 deals with causing grievous injury and Section 304 A deals with culpable homicide not amounting to murder. The senior advocate said that the accused driver should be booked under Section 304 A, which stipulates a maximum punishment of 10 years’ imprisonment, he said.

Praveen Sood, Additional Commissioner of Police (Traffic and Safety), said: “The driver should have helped the accident victims in getting medical aid. The least he should have done was to report to the nearest police station. However, he fled from the scene and deserves to be tried with the stringent legal provision.”

“By running away, the accused driver has done a foolish thing as it is not difficult for us to trace him. We have booked cases under Sections 279, 337 and 304A of the IPC and Section 187 of the Indian Motor Vehicles Act that deals with running away from the accident spot,” Mr. Sood said.

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