MOHALI: The Mercedes-Benz car, which claimed three lives after crashing into a taxi and a cycle near Radha Soami traffic light-point on the airport road in Mohali on March 20, was challaned twice in the past four months.
The UT police said the car was challaned for dangerous driving in Chandigarh on March 13. The challan was issued to Ravneet Singh for “dangerous driving, passing or overtaking other vehicles in a manner contrary to law”.
Powerful cars and teenagers’ lack of driving experience, coupled with their risk-taking behavior, heightens their risk of crashes. There is a need to invest in skill-building and driving supervision of such new drivers, which also calls for parental and societal intervention. The importance of following rules cannot be emphasised enough. Guardians have to ensure that the new drivers know everything about road safety rules before they get behind the wheel.
The same car was issued the slip for speeding in UT on December 1, 2020, too. The challan was issued in the name of ‘M/S Weldon’ for “driving at faster / excessive speed than speed limits by LMV / other act” under sections 112, 183 and 188 of the MV Act.
The car owner, however, has failed to pay the two challans.
Meanwhile, the 18-year-old accused, Samrat, was produced in a local court on Monday. “He has been sent in two-day police remand,” said a cop. The other two accused, Prabhnoor and Arjun who accompanied Samrat, are at large.
Mohali SSP Satinder Singh said, “I appeal to all parents as well as children that they should not take law in their hands.”
Samrat, who didn’t have a driving licence and was drunk, was at the wheel at the time of the accident.