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Drunken driving and drugs

The aim of the police is to reduce the number of people driving under the influence of alcohol or other intoxicants and to catch as many such offenders as possible.

Under the Penal Code, the driver of a motor vehicle is guilty of drunken driving if he/she has a minimum of 50 mg of alcohol per 100 ml of blood, or a minimum of 0.22 mg per litre of exhaled air. The limits for aggravated drunken driving are, respectively, 120 mg (blood) and 0.53 mg (exhaled air).

A driver can also be guilty of drunken driving or aggravated drunken driving when under the influence of other intoxicants than alcohol if his/her driving ability is impaired or seriously impaired.

The police use roadside breathalyser tests to screen drivers for drunken driving. If the breathalyser reading indicates that there is reason to suspect drunken driving, the person is either taken to a police station where a precision breathalyser is used or to a health centre for a blood test. If the breathalyser shows zero although the driver is clearly under the influence of an intoxicant, he/she is taken for a medical examination.





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