160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “Driving drunk is neither an accident nor a mistake – it is a choice,” City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo said at a news conference outside Parker Center. “I urge every Angeleno to be sober, smart and safe and to think twice before drinking and driving.” Delgadillo and MADD representative Lynnmaria Bazan estimated that more than 200 people died in Los Angeles last year in alcohol-related crashes. “You are haunted by it,” said Bazan, who was injured by a drunk driver. “It affects you emotionally, physically and monetarily. We just want people to think before they drink and drive.” Penalties for drunk driving have increased over the years. A first offense in California carries a fine of up to $1,800, a six-month suspended driver’s license, two days in jail and up to five years’ probation. Delgadillo said those convicted of drunk driving with a child in the car can be charged with child endangerment, which carries an additional fine of $1,000 or a year in jail. — Rick Orlov, (213) 978-0390 email@example.com The Metropolitan Transportation Authority will offer free bus rides over the holidays in an effort to reduce the number of drunk drivers on the roads, officials said Thursday. City Councilman Bernard Parks, one of Los Angeles’ representatives on the MTA, said free fares will be offered Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve. “We urge people to take advantage of this and think ahead on how they will be celebrating,” Parks said. The announcement came as Los Angeles officials and Mothers Against Drunk Driving joined to caution people about the dangers and penalties of drunk driving.
Congress’ Gurugram Lok Sabha candidate and former Haryana Finance Minister Capt. Ajay Yadav has expressed confidence that he would emerge the winner, saying that the people had seen through the empty promises of the BJP and the Modi wave has also ebbed. The Congress had on Saturday announced the name of six Lok Sabha candidates for Haryana, including Capt. Yadav.Of the nine Assembly constituencies in the Gurugram Lok Sabha constituency, six are held by the BJP and none by the Congress, but Mr. Yadav said his party always had a strong presence and a dedicated vote bank in South Haryana. He said the election in 2014 was an exception as the people were swept away by the Modi wave, which he said has ebbed now.Capt. Yadav is pitted against BJP leader and Union Minister of State for Planning (Independent Charge) Rao Inderjit Singh, a former Congressman. The Aam Aadmi Party-Jannayak Janata Party alliance, announced two days ago, is yet to name its Gurugram candidate.Of the 27 Assembly constituencies in South Haryana, comprising Faridabad, Gurugram and Bhiwani-Mahendergarh Lok Sabha seats, the BJP holds 15 and Congress just four.Chosen over former Transport Minister Aftab Ahmed and ex-Chief Parliamentary Secretary Rao Dhan Singh — the other two candidates in fray seeking tickets from Gurugram — Capt. Yadav, the party’s most senior Ahirwal leader in the region, said Gurugram recently earning the dubious distinction of being the most polluted city in the world was the biggest “achievement” of the National Democratic Alliance government.‘No varsity campus’ “Under the BJP rule, Gurugram has ceased to be the most sought after IT hub. In five years, the BJP could not construct the campus for the State-run Gurugram University. It is still running from a college building as a stop-gap arrangement. We laid the foundation stone of the Defence University in Binola village, but it has not been completed. The announcement for AIIMS at Manethi in Rewari appears to be yet another empty promise,” said Mr. Yadav.