Driver Sobriety Test Controls Sought

The State Duma is to consider a bill that would fine traffic police for sending motorists for medical examinations on suspicion of drunk driving without proper grounds.

If passed, officers sending sober drivers for tests will be hit with fines of 500 to 5,000 rubles ($19 to $190).

Under current regulations, drivers refusing the tests can be fined or even have their licenses revoked.

These have proven fertile conditions for corruption, as drivers are often faced with the option of paying a bribe to be let go or losing the time it takes for the tests.

There is skepticism about whether the proposed measure would make a difference.

"Traffic inspectors will just make deals with doctors to get the desired results," said Viktor Pokhmelkin, the head of Driver's Alliance of Russia, Noviye Izvestia reported.