In Russia propose to punish street racing by deprivation of liberty for up to five years

In Russia propose to punish street racing by deprivation of liberty for up to five years

MOSCOW, 27 Mar — RIA Novosti. Senator Vadim Tulpanov submitted to the state Duma draft amendments to article 213 of the Criminal code, envisaging the penalty of deprivation of liberty for a term up to five years for street racing and other “avtohuliganov” — those who ride on sidewalks, drives cars into buildings and provokes a police chase.

The bill assumes that a gross violation of public order, expressing a “clear disrespect” to the community when driving a vehicle, will be punished in the same way as hooliganism with a weapon, or on motives of political, ideological, racial, national or religious hatred or enmity or on motives of hatred or enmity concerning any social group, told reporters in a press-service day.

The punishment in this case suggests a fine in the amount from 300 to 500 thousand rubles or the salary or other income of a convict for a period from two to three years, or obligatory works for the term up to 480 hours, or corrective works for the term from one year to two years, or compulsory works for a term up to five years, or imprisonment up to five years.

Therefore it is proposed to amend article 213 of the criminal code where a gross violation of public order in the handling of the vehicle will be considered aggravating circumstances of the offence punishable hooliganism

In the explanatory note the author of the bill notes the recent increase in cases of socially dangerous incidents involving street racing, and other types of “provocative avtohuliganstvo” — check on vehicles on sidewalks, lawns, pedestrian areas, entry to vehicles to buildings, provocation a police chase.

Due to the fact that the sanctions currently established in accordance with the Code of administrative offences of the Russian Federation for violation of the rules of the road do not carry out effective preventive function and to improve security guarantees of citizens, the bill proposes to amend article 213 of the criminal code “Hooliganism”. The adoption of this bill will contribute to enhanced security of citizens and public order from vandalism committed by street racing, stated in the explanatory Memorandum.

As noted Tulips, the state must be prepared to legally punish avtohuliganov in the future to minimize the incidents where reckless action “autodeposition” can hurt the people around them.

“However inadequate the antics of drivers cause only the righteous anger of the public. And the offenders themselves feel complete impunity and openly brag about their “exploits”, spreading in a social network related videos. Conspicuous riding through the parks and pedestrian zones, racing at speeds over 200 kilometers per hour, the direct disobeying traffic police and provoking them to chase live stream on the Internet is not just a traffic violation, and now hooliganism, which should entail criminal responsibility,” Tyulpanov was quoted by his press service.