The head of the Ministry of health has proposed to equate nepropusk ambulance to drunk driving

The Minister of health of Russia Veronika Skvortsova said on the sidelines of the investment forum in Sochi to journalists that the Ministry of health has prepared a draft law to toughen punishment for blocking of ambulances on the roads.

“We have prepared a draft law concerning increasing the punishment in that case, if you do not give priority to travel “first aid”. This is actually equivalent to driving drunk. In fact, this will lead to the fact that there will be a deprivation of the right to drive for one and a half years,” she said (quoted by “Interfax”).

In addition, according to Skvortsova, the Ministry intends to increase the amount of the penalty for such violation is up to 30 thousand rubles. According to the Minister, the Ministry hopes that these measures “very senses all at once”.

Skvortsova said that in her opinion, to deal with such cases we need legislation. “People need to understand the extent of their responsibility,” said Minister of health.

The press service of the Ministry of health confirmed the existence of such a document. As reported a source in the Ministry, it was developed by the Department of public health and communications, which is headed by the press Secretary Oleg Salagai Skvortsova.

Earlier, the head of the Duma Committee on security and former Deputy head of the Investigative Committee Vasily Piskarev said that the draft law, providing toughening for nepropusk “first” on the road, yet. According to him, this measure should be the subject of parliamentary hearings “soon”, after discussion with colleagues in the Parliament and relevant experts. In conversation with the expert stressed that the need to increase the penalty for failure to pass cars with spetssignalami — ambulance, fire and police, as at present, for preventing the movement of ambulances set a fine of 500 rubles. or deprivation of rights for a period of 1 to 3 months.

First Deputy Chairman of the legislation Committee of the state Duma United Russia Vyacheslav Lysakov said that the state Duma and considers a sufficient package of bills to toughen penalties for traffic violations. According to him, the state Duma is already considering a “more than adequate” package of bills that toughens responsibility for violation of traffic rules.

The bill, which provides penalties for the refusal to concede an ambulance in the form of deprivation of liberty for a term up to three years, was submitted to the Duma on 27 January. Its authors were members of the faction “United Russia” Alexander Sidyakin, Anton Goethe and Alexander Gribov.

The reason for the proposals to toughen the penalties for such actions of drivers, the authors of the bill have called the incident that occurred on 12 January in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky. The driver of the car refused to give way to the ambulance, EN route to a call, resulting in the patient died.