State Duma approves tougher penalties for “drunk accidents”
Driving while intoxicated can be likened to intentional murder.
The State Duma passed the bill to toughen punishment for drunk drivers in the second reading in. As the chairman of the lower house of parliament, Vyacheslav Volodin, noted, it would be fair to consider drunk driving a violation of the law with malicious intent. If the bill enters into force, the motorist will face up to 15 years in prison then for causing an accident resulting in the death of two or more persons, the press service of the State Duma reports.
“Got behind the wheel in a state of intoxication – had an intent. It is fair if the responsibility for such a crime would amount to premeditated murder. This should reduce the number of drunk accidents,” Volodin said.
Now a driver can face up to nine years in prison for an accident resulting in the death of several persons, and up to five years with one dead. In the amendments to the Criminal Code, the deputies propose to punish one death with up to 12 years of imprisonment, and up to seven years for causing serious bodily harm against the current limit of four years.
The amendments concern not only motorists but also drivers of trains, pilots, captains of marine vessels. They will face forced labor up to five years or imprisonment up to seven years for an accident with victims.
The State Duma noted that in Russia more than 4,000 people die every year in accidents and more than 20,000 become disabled.