Croatian parliament voted on previously debated bills today, including changes to the law on road traffic safety, which foresees stricter penalties for violations.
Members of the governing majority warned today that some fines foreseen within the proposed changes are too strict in relation to the Croatian standard.
The government accepted a proposed amendment from the Croatian Democratic Union club of representatives lowering the foreseen fine for using a cell phone while driving, from 1500 to 1000 kuna.
“We think that at this moment this is the most that could be done. We know that distracting attention from driving is extremely dangerous. The biggest distraction that draws attention away today is the cell phone,” said State Secretary Žarko Katić.
Croatian Democratic Union MP Miroslav Tuđman said that the fine is still too high and unacceptable in relation to the average income in the country.
“The ratio of fines for cell phones in Europe, in relation to the average personal income, ranges from 12 to 13 percent. Croatia will have 17 percent, meaning again we will be above all others in Europe,” said Tuđman.
The same goes with the 1000 kuna fine for failure to wear a safety belt, the government did not accept an amendment to lower it.
For the 8 harshest violations, the law has increased the range of fines by 5000 kuna and they will now amount to between 10 000 and 20 000 kuna.
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