Drivers may escape jail if they help crash victims

25th May 2006, Comments 0 comments

25 May 2006, MADRID — Drivers may be able to escape going to jail for a serious motoring offence if they work with crash victims.

25 May 2006

MADRID — Drivers may be able to escape going to jail for a serious motoring offence if they work with crash victims.

Under new legislation due to come into action in July, first time offenders would be given the option of spending time working with those who have suffered serious injury in crashes.

The Penal Code reform which is due to come into action on 1 July is an attempt to change attitudes in a country where death rates on the roads are persistently high.

It will also introduce a points-based licence and make speeding over  50kmh and drink-driving criminal offences instead of misdemeanours.

This means drivers could be eligible for prison as well as fines or losing their licences.

During Easter Week, 108 people died in just over a week.

Last year, 3,329 people were killed in accidents. Excessive speed and drink driving were the main causes.

Pere Navarro, head of the Spanish Traffic Authorities, said: "We are looking at alternatives for first-time offenders which would help them escape prison. Helping car crash victims is one of them.

"Without these changes I don't  think we will reduce the number of deaths on the roads in Spain."

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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