Croatia: stricter penalties for road traffic offences. The fines have increased drastically.
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The new highway code in Croatia involves huge increases in the price of penalties and the police will be able to confiscate the vehicle.
The Croatian government, due to the high number of road deaths, decided to tighten the rules. The maximum amount of the fine for road traffic offences will increase from 1400 to 2500 euros – informs the Croatian portal leader.media.
Drivers can get higher penalties
- for driving faster than 50 km / h in a residential area,
- for driving under the influence of alcohol with a level exceeding 1.5 per mille or under the influence of drugs,
- for driving opposite the traffic on the motorway,
- for driving despite the withdrawal of driving privileges,
- for driving through the red light.
Penalty for using the phone behind the wheel is tripled – such an offence costs from 70 to 200 euros. For not using the seat belts or incorrectly placing a child’s safety seat you can be fined 140 euros.
The police can confiscate the vehicle
However, increases in fines are not everything. Under the new regulations, the police will be able to confiscate the car. The vehicle will be immobilised until the court decides on the penalty for the driver. Then, in addition to the ticket, the offender will be charged with the costs of storing the vehicle.
The police may confiscate the vehicle if the driver commits the following two offences/behaviours:
– driving opposite the traffic on the motorway,
– exceeding the speed limit of 50 km / h in a residential area,
– crossing the red light,
– refusal to perform an alcohol test,
– driving under the influence of alcohol (over 1.5 per mille) or drugs,
– refusing to submit blood or urine for examination,
– driving despite received permissions.