Drunk driving criminalization moves ahead in Saeima

It is planned to criminalize driving or teaching to drive if the blood alcohol concentration exceeds 1.5 promilles. It is provided for by amendments to the Criminal Law, which were transferred to the Saeima Legal Commission on Thursday, June 9.

Criminal liability is also intended to be imposed on driving or teaching to drive a vehicle under the influence of narcotic, psychotropic, toxic or other intoxicating substances.

As explained by the Ministry of Justice (TM) to LETA, the amendments will apply to driving all types of cars, tractors and other vehicles, trams, trolleybus, motorcycles and other motor vehicles with the exception of vehicles with an internal combustion engine with a capacity of less than 50 cubic centimeters.

Bicycles, scooters and mopeds will not be covered by this provision in the Criminal Law.

As reported earlier, a staggering 3,500 drivers are stripped of their licenses due to drunk driving in Latvia each year – equivalent to nearly 10 every single day. 

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