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Another six months drunk driving is not a criminal offense

Criminal liability for drunk driving is delayed by six months.

The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine has amended the procedure for entry into force of the law, that was supplemented by Article 286-1, which establishes liability for driving while intoxicated or under the influence of medicines reducing attention and speed of reaction, transfer of control of a vehicle to a person being intoxicated, refusal of the person driving the vehicle to undergo a medical examination for the state of intoxication, using by driver of alcohol, drugs, medicine made on the basis thereof after an accident with his/her participation or after the vehicle has been stopped at the request of a police officer, but prior to undergoing a medical examination or prior to deciding on exemption from such examination.

Previously, a new Article of the Criminal Code of Ukraine had to come into force on 01.01.2020. However, the government decided to give drivers a good opportunity to celebrate New Year's holidays until the Constitution Day of Ukraine.

(The Law No. 321-VIII as of 03.12.2019 “On Amendments to Section II “Final and Transitional Provisions” of the Law of Ukraine “On Amendments to Certain Legislative Acts of Ukraine on Simplification of Pre-trial Investigation of Certain Categories of Criminal Offenses” was officially published on December 19, 2019 and entered into force on December 20, 2019).

Kyrylo Kazak


KPD Consulting



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