Justice Ministry Proposes Novelties in Criminal Code

The Ministry of Justice had proposed introduction of a new Article 403 to the Criminal Code of North Macedonia, which introduces “irresponsible manipulation of a motorised vehicle” as a new criminal. According to the proposal, this article will cover cases of intoxicated drivers driving a vehicle with at least 1.5 per mill of alcohol in their blood or under the influence of psychotropic substances and drugs, driving in opposite direction, overtaking of lines of vehicles on places with limited vision of the road and other acts will become criminal acts, instead of misdemeanour acts like they currently are treated in the law, and will result with very high fines or prison sentences for the perpetrators. From the Justice Ministry they state that they have proposed the new article due to the too often traffic accidents in the past few years, many of which resulted with fatal consequences.