The procedure by which traffic police officers check drivers for alcohol has features, explained lawyer Ekaterina Antonova, writes FAN.
The rules allow for a maximum blood alcohol level of 0.3 ppm. Antonova explained that this indicator was left for road users, who during the check may reveal “background alcohol”. “It can be caused by certain medications, kvass or kefir,” she recalled.
The lawyer advised the drivers to refrain from driving, even when they drank a sip of alcohol. Antonova recalled that at the scene of the accident, drivers undergo an initial medical examination. The traffic police inspector measures the level of alcohol in the blood using a breathalyzer. This is done if the driver has a persistent smell of alcohol. Those who are unstable on their feet are suspicious and speak incoherently. A change in complexion, inappropriate behavior may become a reason for checking.
In the event that the driver does not agree with the results of the breathalyzer, he is sent for examination to a medical organization, where a doctor will take care of him. If alcohol is found in a person’s blood in a hospital, he will be prohibited from driving further. In this case, the car is sent to the impound.
According to statistics, in Russia every tenth accident occurs with the participation of a driver who drank alcohol. Moreover, more than 15 thousand road accidents occur annually due to the fault of drunk drivers.
Earlier, the government commission on legislative activity approved amendments to the Criminal Code, which toughen the liability for drunk driving. According to the new regulation, the maximum prison term for systematic drunk driving is three years.