HomeWorldSpain’s Traffic Laws: Alcohol Limits and Penalties

Spain’s Traffic Laws: Alcohol Limits and Penalties

Date:

Related stories

CIF NorCal basketball roundup: No. 1 Pinewood girls fall to No. 16 McClatchy, O’Dowd rolls

Girls basketball NorCal Division I No. 16 McClatchy-Sacramento 66, No. 1...

Damien boys basketball team cruises past St. Augustine in CIF State regional opener

SAN DIEGO — Going into Tuesday’s CIF State Division...

CIF NorCal basketball regionals: Tuesday’s scores, updated matchups

NorCal basketball regionals Boys Open Division Wednesday’s games No. 5 Modesto Christian (27-5)...
spot_imgspot_img

Is it worth the risk to drink and drive? According to the General Directorate of Traffic (DGT), alcohol plays a part in 30 to 50 per cent of fatal accidents in Spain, making it a major road safety concern.

Spanish law strictly regulates blood alcohol levels for drivers. Alcohol, a depressant, impairs brain function, affecting a driver’s reactions, concentration, and coordination, writes Race.es.

The legal blood alcohol limit is set at 0.5 grams per litre (g/l) or 0.25 milligrams per litre (mg/l) in exhaled air. For new and professional drivers, this limit is lower, at 0.3 g/l or 0.15 mg/l.

Penalties For Exceeding Alcohol Limits

Crossing the 0.25 mg/l threshold results in a €500 fine and a four-point deduction on the driving licence. Exceeding 0.50 mg/l incurs a €1,000 fine and a six-point loss.

Repeat offenders within a year face similar penalties. Driving with an alcohol level above 0.6 mg/l or 1.2 g/l is criminalised, potentially leading to imprisonment and a driving ban.

Refusing to undergo alcohol testing can lead to a jail term ranging from half a year to a full year. Additionally, offenders can lose their driving privileges for a period between one and four years.

It’s also important to note that if a driver is found to have alcohol in their system, their vehicle will be impounded.

Zero Tolerance For Underage Drinking And Driving

The law is even stricter for under-18 drivers of scooters, bicycles, or mopeds up to 125cc, who must adhere to a 0.0 alcohol limit. Violations lead to fines up to €1,000 and point deductions, except for bicycle and electric scooter riders.

ALCOHOL RATE (expelled air) PENALTY FEE WITHDRAWAL OF POINTS
0.0 mg/l for under 18s €500 (up to 0.5 mg/l). €1,000 (if it exceeds 0.5 mg/l) 4 points on your license (unless you have a bicycle or electric scooter)
Between 0.25 mg/l and up to 0.5 mg/l. *Between 0.15 mg/l and 0.3 mg/l for beginners and professionals €500 4 license points
More than 0.5 mg/l. *More than 0.3 mg/l for beginners and professionals €1,000 6 license points
Repeat offenders €1,000 4 or 6 points, depending on the rate

Common Myths Debunked

Common misconceptions like running, drinking water, or chewing gum don’t lower blood alcohol levels. Driving after consuming alcohol increases accident risk significantly, with a 25-fold increase in risk at alcohol levels between 1.5 and 2.4 g/l.

In summary, Spain’s laws aim to curtail the risks associated with drunk driving. With strict limits and severe penalties, they underscore the importance of sober driving for everyone’s safety.

Thank you for taking the time to read this article. Do remember to come back and check The Euro Weekly News website for all your up-to-date local and international news stories and remember, you can also follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

- Never miss a story with notifications

- Gain full access to our premium content

- Browse free from up to 5 devices at once

Latest stories

spot_img

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here