Bulgaria Mulls Imposing Tougher Sanctions on Road Killers

Domestic | February 20, 2012, Monday // 17:46|  views

Interior Minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov has reiterated his call for barring the option of plea bargain for car accident cases resulting in death. Photo by Sofia Photo Agency

Bulgaria's relevant institutions consider legislative amendments that would introduce tougher sanctions for drivers who have killed people in road accidents.

A discussion took place on the issue in Bulgaria's Parliament on Monday, the Bulgarian Telegraph Agency informs. One of the measures discussed foresees drunk or unlicensed drivers to be arrested for a period of 5 to 15 days in case they have not caused an accident.

Bulgaria's Interior Minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov announced that the Prosecutor's Office may ban defendants in fatal traffic accident cases from leaving the country. He reiterated that road killers should be either stripped of the opportunity to reach agreement with prosecutors or should be only allowed to do so if the victim's family agrees.

All institutions and NGOs should get involved in resolving the issue, Bulgarian Transport Minister Ivaylo Moskovski declared during the discussion. He stated that it has been made almost impossible to receive a driver's license through bribery in Bulgaria.

Family members of traffic accident victims also tooc part in the discussions, demanding tougher sanctions for drivers who have caused traffic accidents.

Approximately 1000 Bulgarians perish each year as a result of traffic accidents.

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Tags: road killers, traffic accidents, Tsvetan Tsvetanov, driver's licenses, Ivaylo Moskovski


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