26 parents jailed in Hyderabad for allowing minors to drive

In April 20 parents were sent to jail by the court and this month 6 parents were sent to jail.

Hyderabad: In a massive crackdown against underage driving, the Hyderabad traffic police has arrested 26 parents in the last two months for allowing their children to drive on the road, leading to major accidents.

“In April 20 parents were sent to jail by the court and this month 6 parents were sent to jail, so a total of 26 parents were sent to jail in last two months,” Anil Kumar, Additional Commissioner of Traffic Police of Hyderabad told news agency ANI.

The Hyderabad Traffic Police has developed a program, including counselling sessions and registering of First Information Reports (FIR), to make both the children and parents aware of the consequences of allowing minors to drive.

The strict action comes after a reported increase in incidents of minors getting involved in accidents.

Earlier this week, a woman driver ran over a cobbler sleeping on the footpath at Kushaiguda area of Hyderabad.

The driver, an engineering student, and her three friends, including the daughter of an Inspector with the Hyderabad Police, were returning home after partying at a bar in AS Rao Nagar.

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Though the woman behind the wheel, identified as Ishanya Pathireddy (20) and her three friends in the car were allegedly drunk at the time of the incident, the cops denied it saying that she had tested negative and that only two of the girls had consumed alcohol.

The car was registered in the name of Ishanya's mother Vijayapathi Reddy and has a pending traffic challan issued four months ago.

Eyewitnesses claimed that the vehicle came to a halt after crushing Tilekar Ashok (48) and injuring his elder son Mahesh.

( Source : deccan chronicle )
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