Some violations of traffic rules will no longer count as misdemeanors but as criminal offenses
Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs will be considered a criminal offence.
If you drive under the influence of alcohol with a blood concentration of at least 1.50 g/mil, or drive under the influence of drugs, psychotropic substances or precursors, or if you drive in a prohibited area or pass a line of vehicles in a prohibited manner and at a speed of over 70 kilometers per hour over the permitted, according to the new article 403 in the proposed text of the Criminal Code, which constitutes careless driving of a motor vehicle, will be considered a crime.
“Participant in public traffic in a careless manner who does not respect traffic safety regulations and thus endangers public traffic by driving in a state of incapacity for driving caused by the use of alcohol with a concentration of at least 1.50 g/permilli in the blood, drugs psychotropic substances, substances or precursors, driving in a prohibited direction, overtaking a convoy of vehicles in an unobservable place or driving at a speed exceeding 70 km per hour over the permitted one will cause danger to the life or body of people, will be punished with a fine or imprisonment for up to three years”, provides the new article 403 of the proposed Criminal Code.
The Public Prosecutor’s Office of the Republic of North Macedonia explained to the Information Agency of Macedonia that some of the actions that were previously punished as misdemeanors will now be raised to the level of a criminal offense.
“It is about criminal liability in the mentioned cases, even if there is no direct harmful consequence, a traffic accident caused. With this practice, some of the actions that were previously punishable as misdemeanors will now be elevated to the level of a criminal offense”, clarifies the PP.
From there they say that if the law is approved in the proposed form, the Public Prosecution will implement the new legal solutions.