Thursday, December 14, 2017

State Duma to re-evaluate fines for traffic violations

State Duma recently announced that it may discount fines for certain traffic violations by 50 percent.

Officials from State Duma will discuss the bill in the future.

For the discount to apply, the driver must pay the fine within 20 days of receiving  the traffic violation.

The bill will appeal to many motorists even with its requirements.

Lawmakers and law enforcement emphasize that serious traffic violations will not receive the 50 percent reduction.

Serious violations include what officials call the “Echo of Moscow”; driving under any intoxicative influence will automatically forfeit the driver’s right to the 50 percent discount.

Russia toughened its drinking and driving penalties in March 2013.

If drivers are repeatedly drunk, they could pay a fine that is four times higher than the regular drunken driving fine. The increased fine could amount to approximately $1,600 U.S.

If drunken drivers cause fatal accidents, they could face a prison sentence of two to seven years.

State Duma has been seeking to tighten its hold on traffic violations since seven people were killed when a speeding driver ran his car into a bus stop in September 2013. The driver was so drunk that he could barely stand.

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