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If you drive a motor vehicle at a speed or in a manner which is dangerous to the public, or which causes a sense of alarm or distress to the occupants of the car, other road users and persons near the road, it is known as dangerous driving1. Listed below are some instances of dangerous driving:
- Jumping a red light.
- Violating a stop sign.
- Using any handheld communication devices, like mobile phones, while driving.
- Passing or overtaking other vehicles unlawfully.
- Driving against the flow of the traffic, such as driving on the wrong side.
If you drive dangerously, you will face jail time between six months to a year, or a fine between Rs. 1,000 to Rs. 5,000, or both, for the first offence. For every subsequent offence, if committed within three years, you will be punished with jail time of up to 2 years, or a fine of Rs. 10,000, or both1. The applicable fine amount might vary across states.
Given below are the fine amounts for two states:
|Frequency of Offence||Fine Amount (In INR)|
|First offence||1,000 – 5,000|
|Any subsequent offence||10,000|
1,000 – 5,000
(Not including the fine for the use of handheld communication devices while driving)
Any subsequent offence
- Section 184, The Motor Vehicles Act, 1988.