SC for Sterner Punishment for Rash Drivers

  • Supreme Court on Monday urged Parliament to consider enhanced punishment for causing death due to rash and negligent driving.
  • India has a poor record on road accidents.
  • The court said drunkenness contributed to careless driving where other people become the ‘prey.’
  • “In such obtaining circumstances, we are bound to observe that lawmakers should scrutinize, re-look and re-visit the sentencing policy in Section 304A of the IPC.
  • We say so with immense anguish,” said Justice Misra.
  • Rash and negligent drivers, even those who cause death on the road, are booked under Section 304A that provides for a maximum of two years sentence with fine.
  • “A man with the means has, in possibility, graduated himself to harbor the idea that he can escape from the substantive sentence by payment of compensation.
  • Neither the law nor the court that implements the law should ever get oblivious of the fact that in such accidents precious lives are lost,” the court noted