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Ministry of Internal Affairs suggests tightening punishment for drink driving

Ministry of Internal Affairs suggests tightening punishment for driving in alcohol, narcotic or other intoxication. Amendments to the Criminal Code are submitted for public discussion.

«In the country there are regular accidents with fatalities, often associated with the mass death of people, including children. At the same time, many drivers know that they create an increased threat to others, but continue to violate the rules of the road,» the MIA states.

It is necessary to let people know that violation of traffic rules is a serious crime that can lead to serious consequences not only for others, but also for a driver.

MIA of the KR

The department notes that the earlier adopted amendments to the Criminal Code of the Kyrgyz Republic don’t fully meet today’s realities, and the guilty person has the opportunity to avoid commensurate punishment.

Since 2000 at least 16,723 people died and 111,191 injured in 81,313 road accidents in Kyrgyzstan. In every fifth accident, children died or injured.

According to the information of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the KR for the first half of 2017, according to the facts of the accident, 2,583 applications and messages were registered, which is 4.2 percent more than in the same period of 2016. The number of victims also increased. At the same time, only 170 criminal cases were instituted (7 percent), the remaining ones decided on refusing to initiate cases on various grounds.

«If a person committed a crime in a state of alcohol, narcotic or other intoxication, then we suggest that this act be classified as a serious crime,» the Interior Ministry suggests.

By the way, today the lower house of the Tajik parliament approved amendments to the Criminal Code of the country, which toughen punishment for violation of traffic rules, Asia-Plus reported. In particular, drunk drivers who have committed a fatal crash now can be punished up to 15 years in prison.