Editions:  Austria · Denmark · France · Germany · Italy · Norway · Spain · Sweden · Switzerland
Advertisement

Beckstein hammered for drink driving comments

Share this article

Beckstein hammered for drink driving comments
Günther says Prost! Photo: DPA
13:05 CEST+02:00
Bavaria's state premier Günther Beckstein on Tuesday came under fire for saying that driving after drinking two litres of beer at the upcoming Oktoberfest is perfectly acceptable.

“If one drinks two Maß in six or seven hours at Oktoberfest, it's possible,” Beckstein told German broadcaster Bayerischen Rundfunk, referring to the gigantic one-litre mugs used at the beer festival. “But naturally not if one drinks two Maß in two hours.”

However, it is “absolutely necessary” that novice drivers abstain from alcohol, he said, adding that while fighting alcohol abuse is a top priority, one shouldn't demonize a glass of beer or wine.

But Beckstein, who is facing re-election at the end of the month, was hammered from several quarters for his comments.

Head of the Bavarian Social Democrats (SPD), Franz Maget, told news agency DDP that Beckstein should be careful not to trivialize drink driving, which “means losing your driver's license and probably leads to avoidable accidents.” While he has no problem with enjoying beer, one should “definitely keep the car parked,” he said, adding “a former interior minister should know that.”

The German police union GDP also criticized Beckstein. “I ask myself what came over him,” head of GDP Harald Schneider said in Munich. “He must've had two Maß of beer before he said that. Things like this negate our work.”

Driving under the influence of alcohol endangers lives, Schneider said, adding that "99 percent" of people currently attending Oktoberfest are "more sensible" than Beckstein because they take public transportation to the festival.

Get notified about breaking news on The Local

Share this article

Advertisement

From our sponsors

The Swedish university where students tackle real-world problems

Ranked among the world's best young universities in the QS Top 50 Under 50, Linköping University (LiU) uses innovative learning techniques that prepare its students to tackle the challenges of tomorrow.

Advertisement
Advertisement
Jobs
Click here to start your job search
Advertisement
Advertisement

Popular articles

Advertisement
Advertisement