Driving Under the Influence in Romania

Driving under the influence can be complicated as Romanian traffic laws are very strict about drunk driving. No amount of alcohol in your blood is permitted when driving.
Blood alcohol concentrations between 0 and 0.8 mg/L will result in a civil fine.
If a driver’s blood alcohol concentration surpasses the value of 0.8 mg/L, the driver is punishable under art. 336 of the Romanian Criminal Code.

Criminal Penalty for Drunk Driving

The Romanian Criminal Code provisions a penalty of 1 to 5 years imprisonment or a penal fine for driving under the influence.
Most of the time, judges suspend such penalties so they are not carried out in an actual prison. However, in case of a very high blood alcohol concentration or if the driver causes a crash, sentencing may not be so easy.

What To Do If You Are Caught Driving Under the Influence

Breath testing for drunk drivers is carried out frequently all over Romania. Any driver that has a concentration in expired air higher than 0.4 mg/L will have to take a blood test. It is important to understand that refusing to take the blood test is a crime as well. Although it carries a similar penalty, it may be seen as a more serious offense depending on the circumstances under which it occurred.
If are caught driving under the influence, our advice is to cooperate with the police. Willingly take the blood test as cooperation under such circumstances can be regarded as grounds for a lesser sentence.

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