State wants to get tougher on repeat drunk drivers
The Estonian government approved a Ministry of Justice-proposed amendment to be forwarded to the Riigikogu according to which punishments for cases of repeat drunk driving will increase in severity.
Current regulations have not been effecive enough in deterring the occurrence of new traffic-related crimes and regardless of repeated criminal punishments, drivers continue to break the law.
Lawmakers hope that this amendment to Estonia's current Penal Code will help enure the a more effective response from high-risk repeat offenders.
According to the amendment, partial physical imprisonment and the revoking of driving privileges may in the future be a mandatory part of the sentence for repeat drunk driving offenses in the future.
In addition to toughening up punishments, work is also underway on finding the appropriate combination of legal sanctions for each driver personally in order to help prevent new violations in the future.