At today’s sitting, the Riigikogu passed with 86 votes in favour an Act that would create alternative proceedings for lesser misdemeanours.
This new category of proceedings will help save the time of people and the police, and avoid excessive punishing. The offences subject to alternative proceedings will not be entered into the Criminal Records Database.
Lesser misdemeanours include travelling by bus without a valid ticket, parking in a wrong place, ignoring a red traffic light, driving without wearing a seat belt, exceeding the speed limit by less than 20 km/h, and driving a vehicle that does not have motor insurance. In the case of such misdemeanours, a fine will be imposed according to the particular violation in the amount of 20–80 euro.
The use of alternative proceedings will significantly reduce the time spent on paperwork. At present, misdemeanour proceedings take 20 minutes on the average. As a result of the amendment, this will be reduced to around five minutes. The implementation of alternative proceedings will save resources to the extent of an estimated one police patrol per 24 hours.
The Act on Amendments to the Code of Misdemeanour Procedure and Amendments to Other Associated Acts (580 SE), initiated by the Government, will enter into force on 1 January 2019.
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