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Estonia: Drunk driver to equal murderer

This summer looks gloomy to the hardened drunk drivers of Estonia. Come July, serial offenders will automatically undergo shock jail time. A death caused while behind the wheel heavily drunk will count as murder regarding years in prison.

Just some of the clauses in a package meant to make traffic accidents in Estonia, too steadfast, drop again – in the hopes of justice minister Urmas Reinsalu (IRL) who today sends the amendment for agreements.

«Thus far, the penalties for criminally drunken drivers have essentially been conditional punishment or a fine. These have not yielded the hoped results – regarding recidivism, the behaviour of these individuals is altogether autistic!» explained Mr Reinsalu.

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