ZERO ALCOHOL LIMIT(B1)
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Spaniards want zero tolerance for drink driving
A survey by AXA insurers showed 75% are in favour of reducing the legal limit to 0.
A survey carried out for AXA insurers across 10 European countries has revealed that three quarters of Spaniards are in favour of new legislation to cover zero tolerance of drink driving. The legal limit in Spain is currently 0.25mg, but 75% of those questioned, while supporting the current legislation, believe that should be brought down to 0.
It’s a little higher than the European average of 68% who are of the same opinion.
The AXA study also showed that 17% of Spaniards get behind the wheel knowing that they could be over the limit. Europa Press notes information from the DGT Central Traffic Authority that alcohol and drugs were present in 40% of Spain’s fatalities on the roads last year.
Some countries, such as Brazil, have already brought in zero tolerance legislation for drink driving.
The results revealed in AXA’s annual survey of driver behaviour show that 9 out of every 10 drivers questioned in Spain believe that road safety should be included as part of the school curriculum, as one of the measures they see should be brought in to prevent accidents. As far as dangerous driving habits are concerned, most Spaniards – 90% – agree with the DGT and see it as dangerous to answer a mobile phone which is not a hands-free model while driving.
60% of those questioned in Spain believe their countrymen and women are good drivers, but put the Germans at the top of the European league table. The European-wide results give Spain position No. 7 for driving sensibly.
If you are going to drive, avoid these things. Otherwise you may not be able to convince a Court that you didn’t consume an alcoholic beverage or another substance for the purpose of consuming alcohol.
So, if you’re going to a “Christmas” party, plan ahead:
- Leave the car at home.
- Travel by bus, train or taxi.
- Stay the night at a friend’s house.
- Organise for someone to pick you up at an arranged time.
The penalties for drink driving are severe and convictions involve a criminal record as well as fines and licence loss. Or worse still, you could be responsible for the death of a friend or an innocent person using the road.