In 2016, the fine for driving a vehicle while intoxicated significantly increased in Ukraine. According to the new legislation, for such an offense, the amount of UAH 10.2 thousand will have to be paid to the state treasury. and lose your driver’s license. For repeated violation of the law, you will need to pay a double fine and lose the right to drive for three years.
Then and now
Prior to the introduction of new laws, drunk driving was subject to a fine of 200 NMDG (UAH 3400) or withdrawal of rights for one year. Now an alternative is not even put between deprivation of rights and a fine, that is, both punishments are imputed. In addition, if a citizen is stopped by traffic cops drunk for the third time in five years, then the driver’s license should be withdrawn for a period of 10 years and a fine of 40.8 thousand hryvnias is paid.
By tightening the punishment for drunk driving, lawmakers hope to reduce road accidents and improve driving safety. Indeed, for many citizens, deprivation of rights for a year or more is a significant punishment.
What is the allowable blood alcohol level?
The permissible level of alcohol in the blood was determined specifically to ensure that people suffering from diseases such as diabetes, indigestion, diarrhea, tooth decay, etc., are not unjustifiably punished. The fact is that these ailments cause an increase in the background alcohol content in the body. At the moment, in Ukraine, the norm is 0.2 ppm.
According to various estimates, it was determined that 0.2 ppm of alcohol in the blood is equivalent to drinking 200 and 100 grams of wine, 0.5 and 0.33 liters of beer, 50 and 30 grams of cognac for men and women, respectively. But it is worth noting that much depends on the weight of a person and the characteristics of his body.
Police officers are only allowed to use certified equipment to determine blood alcohol content. When checking, the driver needs to pay attention to the device used by the traffic cops, since a non-specialized device may not work correctly.
The procedure for testing for alcohol while driving under the influence
In order for the police officer to send the driver to check the presence of alcohol in the body, just one sign of intoxication is enough, such as the presence of an alcoholic odor, slurred speech, inappropriate behavior, a sharp change in the color of the skin of the face, etc. The test is carried out in the presence of two witnesses with drawing up a protocol …
Verification is carried out by a certified tester. If an unacceptable dose of alcohol is detected, an examination certificate is drawn up and the case materials are sent to a judicial institution. If the driver does not agree with the results, he is taken to the medical center, where a doctor is examined and the test is repeated. If a citizen refuses to check, he is automatically deprived of his rights.
In order to pass the test, the inspector has the right to require the driver to get out of the vehicle. After the check, police officers are required to draw up a protocol in which they indicate the identified signs of intoxication. The document also contains information from two witnesses.
It is worth noting that, by law, traffic cops are not allowed to conduct tests such as walking in a straight line, picking up a coin from the ground or touching the nose, since they are not doctors and cannot correctly interpret the results of such checks.
And finally, it must be added that drunk driving is a dangerous crime, both for the life of the driver and those around him. Do not rely on luck and drive after drinking alcohol, because this can lead to disastrous consequences.