Gov’t recommends stiffer penalties for drunken drivers
January 8, 2014
Poland's government adopted first recommendations for legislative amendments aimed at curtailing the number of drunken drivers, Prime Minister Donald Tusk told a news conference, a development which follows a New Year's day accident wherein a drunk driver killed six persons.
Following the accident PM Donald Tusk met Jan 2. with Interior Minister Bartlomiej Sienkiewicz, Justice Minister Marek Biernacki and the deputy head of the infrastructure ministry in order to discuss potential legal changes concerning penalties for DUI (driving under influence) at the Tuesday cabinet sitting
Government proposals include extending periods of driving license suspension for drunk drivers and imposing the obligation to fit every car with a breathalyser.
The Justice Ministry’s spokesperson had earlier said that the current legal framework is sufficient, but courts are too lenient in punishing drunk drivers. At present, 70% of DUI court rulings are suspended sentences.