The law was approved by the Parliament in autumn 2018. It was supposed to take effect on January 1, 2020, but the MPs decided to postpone it to July 1.
The document started working on July 1, but stopped to - almost immediately. On June 17, the Parliament passed another law, which deactivates the effect of the specific article of Criminal Code, the one about criminal responsibility for drunken driving.
Previously, the culprits must be fined for 600 to 1,200 U.S. dollars; the repeated violation of the law resulted in 1,800-dollar fine with a ban from driving (lasting up to three years).
Previously, we reported that Solomyansky district court arrested former deputy of Kyiv mayor, Volodymyr Slonchak. The official faced charges with an assault on the policeman. A police worker turned to law enforcement agencies on April 27, claiming that a drunk man assaulted him, as he was compiling a protocol about the administrative violation. Later, it appeared that the attacker was Slonchak, who drove the car while being drunk. On the next day after the incident, the man was informed of suspicion of committing a criminal offense against a police worker. The maximum punishment foresees five years behind the bars.