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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Drivers Face New Penalties

Moscow traffic police have imposed higher fines and a point system to try to prevent drivers from breaking traffic rules, a police spokesman said Thursday.

Andrei Shavelev said the system, under which drivers get demerit points for violations which can lead to suspension of the licenses, had been borrowed from France. He said police had started to enforce it late last year, but few people knew about the program yet.

"The new system will help discipline drivers," he said.

The most serious violations, such as refusal to stop on the demand of police, can lead to a 5-point demerit plus a fine of 73,100 rubles ($47). Minor violations, like failure to use seat belts, incur two points and a 2,920 ruble fine. Drunken driving can result in an inspector taking away a license on the spot and a 29,240 ruble fine.

If a driver receives 15 or more points in a year his license is suspended.