Traffic police can no longer suspend judges’ licenses for DUI

Traffic police can no longer suspend judges’ licenses for DUI
The Russian traffic police have been trying to strengthen control over driving judges, prosecutors and investigators for ten years

Traffic inspectors are no longer authorized to force judges to take blood alcohol tests or to complete on-site reports for violations they committed. The Prosecutor's Office staff has enjoyed the same privileges for a while now.

Order №948 of the Ministry of Internal Affairs has come into force, meaning that traffic police officers are now prohibited from suspending driver’s licenses of the judicial community. Kommersant first addressed the changes.

According to the document, traffic police officers can no longer treat judges as ordinary drivers, i.e. complete on-site reports for violations they committed, suspend their driver’s licenses or force them to take alcohol tests. An inspector can only draw up a violation report to hand it over to his/her superior, who will then have to submit the file to the supervisory authority.

Previously, only Prosecutor General's Office staff could enjoy such privileges. They rationalized that by saying that traffic police officers could exert pressure on the  Office employees "prosecuting them with no legal grounds." The method is widely used, some of the staff says.

The State Road Safety Inspectorate has been strengthening control over judges, prosecutors and investigators for ten years, it is reported. However, whenever they try to introduce some changes into the internal laws, regulations and instructions, they are confronted by the law enforcement bodies.

The new order also prohibits prosecution of those who refuse to give their cars to police officers. Under a few laws and traffic rules, the driver must give his or her car to MIA, FSO, FSB or medical staff, if it is needed to prosecute suspected criminals or take someone to hospital. Earlier, if a driver refused to lend his or her car, the inspector could make a report against the driver under Art. 19.3 of the Code of Administrative Offenses of the Russian Federation, on disobeying the lawful order of a police officer. However, the punishment for refusing to give one’s car to a policeman is also provided for in Art. 12.25 of the Code, with a fine of 500 rubles. In this regard, the new order will repeat the disobedience issue.



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