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Coalition initiative to punish MPs for refusing breathalyser tests

Members of parliament from all three parties of the governing coalition - Rudolf Pučík (SNS), Ján Richter (Smer) and Ján Kovarčík (HZDS) – have proposed a draft amendment according to which MPs driving vehicles involved in traffic accidents who refuse to undergo a breathalyser test will be deemed to have violated the law.

Members of parliament from all three parties of the governing coalition - Rudolf Pučík (SNS), Ján Richter (Smer) and Ján Kovarčík (HZDS) – have proposed a draft amendment according to which MPs driving vehicles involved in traffic accidents who refuse to undergo a breathalyser test will be deemed to have violated the law.

Deputies’ immunity would thus be narrowed, the SITA newswire wrote. At present, deputies are not punished if they refuse to take a breathalyser test. However, according to the new law, they may be fined.

Criticism of the current law was voiced after opposition SMK MP Miklós Duray was involved in a traffic accident in October after which he refused to take a breathalyser test. It was his second such incident; he had refused a test in April 2006 after police stopped him for speeding. SITA

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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