Jean Castex announced new measures to protect the police. Among them, the suspension of the license in the event of refusal to comply.
While the police and gendarmes are regularly targeted and demand strong measures to protect him, the government has decided to act. The Prime Minister Jean Castex spoke on Tuesday, May 11 to announce a series of measures aimed at better sanctioning crimes against the police. And one category is particularly targeted: motorists. There are indeed many cases where a driver refuses to stop during a check, sometimes deliberately hitting the peacekeepers in order to escape. An intolerable situation for the government, which has therefore decided to take strong measures by sanctioning much more severely refusal to comply. It is on the set of France 2 that the Prime Minister spoke, affirming that such an offense was taking place ” every 30 minutes in France “, Which according to him constitutes” a real subject ».
The sanction will therefore be very much tightened for drivers refusing to stop at the request of the police, since from now on, the driving license will be automatically suspended, which was not the case until then. This is not all, because the prison sentence one year will initially be doubled, while the amount of the fine of € 7,500 will change and remains to be defined. Jean Castex also added that “ as among the people who refuse, there are also many people who do not have a license, we will confiscate the vehicle “. For him, ” a refusal to comply, it is generally a driver at the wheel of his vehicle and who is aggressive, even pushing, or even committing extremely serious acts against the police “. It remains to be seen whether these measures will have a real impact on the number of crimes of this type on French roads in the months to come.
Refusal to comply: what is it?
First of all, you should know that the refusal to comply is considered a offense, which consists of not stopping despite the explicit request of the police. According to the Highway Code, such an offense is constituted when the driver has received an explicit request to stop his vehicle, from officers recognizable by their badges and their uniform. In addition, the absence of stoppage must be intentional, in order to avoid a police control. In theory, therefore, an error of inattention cannot be considered as a refusal to comply. For the time being, such an offense is punishable by a fine of € 7,500, a sentence of one year in prison and a withdrawal of six points on the driver’s license. Additional sanctions may also be imposed, such as cancellation of the driving license, together with a ban from re-taking the exam for three years, a suspension for a maximum of three years from the driving license or the obligation to follow a road safety awareness course.
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