Stricter DUI penalties

14 March 2023
Stricter DUI penalties
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Draft bill #9076 of March 3, 2023 

Cosponsors: Artem Dmytruk, the Servant of the People faction, and Anatolii Burmich, the Restoration of Ukraine group. 

Who is affected: drivers, law enforcement agencies, courts, and pedestrians. 

Summary of the bill: the bill proposes stricter penalties for repeated (within a year) offenses. In particular, for driving under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or other intoxicants, under the influence of drugs affecting attention and slowing reaction speed, and refusing to be tested for intoxication: 

  • a fine of up to three thousand (currently — two thousand) non-taxable minimum incomes (₴51 thousand), a 5-year driver’s license revocation (currently it is a 3-year revocation), and mandatory vehicle confiscation (currently confiscation is optional and the offender gets the money after the vehicle is sold) 
  • administrative arrest, a 5-year driver’s license revocation (currently it is a 3-year revocation), and mandatory vehicle confiscation (currently confiscation is optional and the offender gets the money after the vehicle is sold). 

What is wrong: the authors of the draft bill indicate that its purpose is to increase road safety and reduce the number of road accidents. However, since 1991, liability for drunk driving has increased tenfold. The last time the fines were increased was in February 2021. It has not brought the desired results. 

Alternative solution: stricter penalties is not the only and not very effective way to prevent DUI offenses. We should think not that much about stricter punishment, but about how to make penalties more efficient so that every offender is held responsible. Therefore, it is worth consulting with the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the National Police, and other stakeholders and jointly preparing a draft bill addressing this problem.