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Criminal liability for drunk driving may be implemented by end of 2013

14:42 23/09/2013

MOSCOW, September 23 (RAPSI) - State Duma lawmaker Vyacheslav Lyisakov is preparing a set of amendments to the Criminal Code, which would serve to criminalize repeated instances of driving under the influence, gazeta.ru reports on Monday.

"The punishments will include both compulsory community service and prison time," - the lawmaker added. Lyisakov explained that the amendments were postponed by the government until error margins for breathalyzers were included in the law.

If enacted, criminal liability would be imposed upon citizens who were driving under the influence twice within the same year, or who have refused to be medically tested for alcohol two times in a row.

During a meeting on traffic safety in October 2012, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said that alcohol intoxication should be considered an aggravating factor in connection with criminal and administrative liability for traffic accidents.

The need to toughen the punishment for drunk driving arose after an inebriated driver rammed into a bus stop in Moscow, killing seven people, including five orphans and their caretakers.

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Criminal liability for drunk driving may be implemented by end of 2013

14:42 23/09/2013 State Duma lawmaker Vyacheslav Lyisakov is preparing a set of amendments to the Criminal Code, which would serve to criminalize repeated instances of driving under the influence.
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