As we progress further into summer, more and more Brits will be driving to Europe for their holidays. However, many are being caught out by local police forces because they don’t know local drinking restrictions…
British motorists have been warned to stay off the booze, if they plan on driving in Europe. That’s because local driving restrictions are often tougher than they are in the UK. Brits are also more likely to be singled out whilst they’re holidaying. For perspective, a surreal amount of Estonians are breathalysed every year; with 68% of them being tested. Surprisingly higher figures emerge elsewhere, too. The figure sits at 47% in Poland, 28% in Finland and 19% in Austria. In most of these countries, the drink-driving limit is lower than in the UK; only Malta uses the same limit as us, which is 0.8mg of alcohol. Throughout much of the continent, a limit of 0.5mg is used. In Norway and Sweden it’s 0.2mg. Even stricter are the likes of Hungary, Slovenia and Russia, which use a zero-tolerance strategy; where being breathalysed can cost you your license.
Motorists are being advised to take simple precautions in order to avoid spoiling their holidays. The managing director of AlcoSense Laboratories, Hunter Abbott, has suggested that it’s better for to get breathalysed on your own terms than those of the local police force. He said carrying a breathalyser would, “remove the guesswork.” He also stressed how easy it is to fall over the local limit, “it’s far easier than you think to still be under the influence the morning after a few drinks the night before. If you drank four pints of medium-strong beer or four large glasses of wine, it could take as long as 14 hours for the alcohol to clear your system.
Abbott stressed that it’s even more important for drivers to keep a clear head when they’re abroad; especially in Continental Europe where driving is conducted on the right-side of the road and laws can vary greatly from country to country. Before you go abroad, it’s always best to familiarise yourself with local driving customs and regulations. No one wants to face eye-watering fines, or worst, when they’re meant to be having a good time.
Calls For Driving Test Changes To Counter Drink Driving: http://autoserve.co.uk/motoring-news/calls-for-driving-test-changes-to-counter-drink-driving/
Driving Abroad This Summer? Here’s What You Need To Know: https://www.autoserveclub.co.uk/blog/driving-abroad-summer/