For drunk drivers, new fines delayed for six months


Drunk drivers made a real gift for the New Year holidays. The Verkhovna Rada adopted Law No. 321-IX of December 3, 2019, which transfers the introduction of criminal liability for this violation, and with it new fines for exactly six months. The criminal liability, according to the previously published Law, was supposed to change the administrative one from January 1, 2020. So now, until July 1, 2020, everything remains as before, including previous fines.

Recall that under the new Law, new fines are provided for driving while intoxicated – under the influence of alcohol, drugs or other intoxication. From 17 thousand to 34 thousand UAH with deprivation of the right to drive vehicles for up to 3 years, and for the same actions committed repeatedly – up to 51 thousand UAH. with the deprivation of the right to control from 2 to 3 years.

However, the criminal liability for drunk driving does not provide for imprisonment for the offender. This is not a crime, but a criminal offense, which is punishable by a fine of up to 51 thousand UAH.

Recall that now an administrative fine for driving in a state of intoxication under Art. 130 ALCO is 10 200 UAH. with the deprivation of the right to control for 1 year, repeated violation – 20,400 UAH. with deprivation of rights for 3 years. However, due to inadequate preparation of documents or delays in the consideration of such cases in courts, some violators avoid punishment, since the term for bringing to administrative responsibility is only 3 months. But under the new law, the “statute of limitations” will increase to 2 years!