Drunken drivers might be deprived of driving license forever

Federal Consumer Rights and Healthcare Supervisory Service head, Russian Chief Public Health Official Gennady Onishchenko has proposed life-time deprivation of driving licenses for drunken drivers.

"I suggest that we should do more, not just fine them. People who own cars are not poor; they can afford paying a fine. They don't mind paying 100,000 rubles. Criminal punishment must be strict and, possibly, there must be life-time deprivation of driving licenses," Onishchenko told Interfax on Monday.

"This absurd and terrible tragedy is another proof there must no discussion of the permissible dose of alcohol in the bloodstream. Not under any pretext," he said.

A drunken driver knocked down people on a bus stop on Minskaya Street of Moscow on Sept. 22. Seven people died and three were injured. The accident killed five orphans, an orphanage pedagogue and her husband.

The Moscow police department said that the driver, Alexander Maksimov born in 1982, had been charged with five administrative offenses earlier. Laboratory tests confirmed that he was drunk.

United Russia promised to amend laws for increasing manifold the fine for drunken driving. There will be criminal punishment for repeating this offense, even if no one is hurt.

"The increase of fines must be radical; 5,000 rubles (the effective fine) are out of the question. We will propose a fine of no less than 100,000 rubles," United Russia faction leader Andrei Vorobyov told reporters on Monday.

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