Queues at the border, the penalty for haste and jail for drunkenness: in a car in Estonia

© Fotolia / Aautomobile road in Tallinn, EstoniaQueues at the border, the penalty for haste and jail for drunkenness: in a car in Estonia© Fotolia / Jaan

To get to Estonia by car is not easy: in the midst of the holiday season motorists wait in line at the border. And driving in this state you should be very careful — there are draconian fines, and for certain offences and all can be put behind bars. About the features of car travel to a country where nobody is in a hurry — in the material RIA Novosti.

Wait, still wait

Estonia is included into the group of Schengen countries, therefore, all the tourists from Russia need a visa and the obligatory medical insurance, which is often asked at the border. In addition to the certificate on car registration and driver’s license, you will need an insurance Green card, which can be issued at least 15 days in any insurance company of Russia. Those who have not run the car, the Russian border guards may require a power of attorney with the right to travel abroad.

In the Central parts of Estonian cities parkings as a rule, paid. They are on average from one to two euros per hour, but in the capital can be two to three times more expensive. Tallinn Parking system is not quite normal: it can be used only if there is under the windshield Parking hours on which you want to set the start time of Parking. They say that you can do the usual piece of paper on which to write the time, but it is better not to risk and buy the watch at the gas station. Paying Parking is possible via machine or by using SMS, you will need an Estonian SIM card.

To break the speed limits in Estonia are very profitable. For any excess to 20 km/h followed by a penalty in the amount of 120 euros, and excess can count even one extra kilometer per hour. Plus 21-40 km/h to a legal — 400 EUR or deprivation of rights for six months, and 41-60 km/h is fraught with a fine of 800 euros or deprivation of rights for a year. Exceeding more than 60 km/h will cost 1.2 thousand euros (more than the average wage in the country!), additional punishment may be disqualification for the term up to two years.

If the level of alcohol in blood from 0.5 to 1.49 ppm, the penalty will amount to 1.2 thousand euros, and the period of disqualification may last for 12 months. For addicts and drunk (1.5 ppm or higher) will launch a criminal investigation with all the consequences in the form of a trial. The court may impose a fine in the amount from three hundred up to five thousand euros, and can even be imprisoned for a term of one year to three years, and driver will be lucky if the punishment is appointed conditionally. Yes, denial of rights also provides for a period of one month to three years.

Real cops

For driving lights, you can part with two hundred euros, the same amount will have to pay for journey on a red signal of a traffic light or pedestrian valid. Most traffic lights in Estonia operate on the principle of «staaaart, attention, Mrs», that is, a couple of times to blink green, flashes yellow and then turns red. To explain to the local police that something is useless, and to bribe especially.

© RIA Novosti / Timur to Nizametdinova in fotoracconti police on the streets of Tallinn, EstoniaQueues at the border, the penalty for haste and jail for drunkenness: in a car in Estonia© RIA Novosti / Timur to Nizametdinova in fotoracconti police on the streets of Tallinn, Estonia

It is not necessary to leave on a strip of oncoming traffic where prohibited: fines of up to € 800. Stopped on the street — do not attempt to get out of the car, roll down the window, put your hands on the steering wheel and sit quietly. I’m going to try is regarded as an attempt to escape. Of course, for guests from Russia the Estonian guards doing some discount and will not always send you the gun, but provoke is not worth it.

Compared to other offenses of talking on a cell Estonians is not a gross violation, so high, that you have to give the police, so it is a little time and a 16 Euro fine. With the police in Estonia you can pay on the spot, so look for ATMs at night is not necessary. But given the size of the fines, far better not to break the rules.

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