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​President inks bill boosting DUI penalties

Drunk drivers will have to cough up to ten thousand hryvnia.

​President inks bill boosting DUI penalties

President Petro Poroshenko has signed into law the bill setting stricter penalties for driving under the influence of alcohol, drugs or other medicines, according to the official website of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine.

In particular, if the driver is prosecuted for drunk driving for the first time, he will be fined UAH 10,200 (600 untaxed minimums instead of the previous earlier 200) and will not be allowed to drive for a year.

A driver prosecuted for drunk driving for the second time within a year will be fined UAH 20,400 (1,200 untaxed minimums) and will not be permitted to drive for three years, along with the possibility that the vehicle may be seized.

If the driver commits the offense twice in one year, he will be charged 2,400 untaxed minimums (UAH 40,800) and will not be allowed to drive for 10 years, in addition to the likelihood of the vehicle being seized.

The law takes effect on the next day following its publication.