The state Duma has approved in the first reading toughening penalties for “drunk” accident

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RUSSIA

The state Duma adopted in the first reading a bill to toughen the punishment for an accident while intoxicated, according to the website of the lower house of Parliament.

According to the initiative, drivers who got behind the wheel drunk and their fault accident victims can receive up to 15 years in prison. If you have suffered serious bodily harm, the punishment shall be deprivation of liberty for a term of three to seven years.

It is also proposed to toughen the punishment for “drunk” accident on railway, air, sea and inland waterway transport and metro.

According to the speaker of the state Duma Vyacheslav Volodin, in result of road accident with participation of drunk drivers annually kill more than four thousand people, more than 20 thousand disabled.

“This broken fate of people and their loved ones. In fact, over the five years under the wheels of drunk drivers killed the population of a city. Applies if liability for such an offense is equivalent to premeditated murder”, – said Volodin.

Earlier the state Duma has toughened penalties for drivers who hit-and-run accident. The law was signed by President of Russia Vladimir Putin. Now the perpetrators of the accident, depending on the situation threatens from two till nine years of imprisonment.

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