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Total drink-drive ban on political agenda

The Local · 18 Jul 2010, 10:04

Published: 18 Jul 2010 10:04 GMT+02:00

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A survey commissioned by the Transport Ministry shows the number of accidents involving personal injury where alcohol was involved had declined by 12 percent in 2008, a year after the ban was enacted.

The number of alcohol-related accidents in which beginner drivers were involved sank by 15 percent, according to details of the survey published in the Welt am Sonntag newspaper.

“I am clearly in favour of a 0.0 pro-mille limit for all car drivers, no matter what age. No-one can objectively estimate their blood alcohol level after one or two glasses of beer,” Wolfgang Böhmer, minister president of Saxony Anhalt told the paper.

“That is why I am in favour of a clear line. Then every driver knows where they are.”

The current limit for drivers not affected by the complete ban is 0.5 pro-mille.

Saxony Anhalt’s state transport minister Karl-Heinz Daehre is set to put the topic on the agenda for discussion at his next conference with state transport ministers, the paper adds.

He and Böhmer are both members of the Christian Democratic Union, but received support for the idea from a number of top Social Democratic Party members, including transport minister in Mecklenburg Pomerania Volker Schlotmann, who said, “The zero pro-mille limit would save lives.”

He has suggested initially expanding the group of those affected by the limit to those between 21 and 25. “That would be a start, as members of this age group are still more frequently involved in accidents,” he said.

This idea was supported by Kurt Bodewig, former federal transport minister and currently president of the Deutsche Verkehrswacht, an organisation which promotes road safety.

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But the idea of extending the ban on drink-driving has been rejected by motoring organisation ADAC, which told the Welt am Sonntag a complete ban would be neither reasonable nor enforceable.

ADAC president Peter Meyer said it would be better to have more checks to better enforce the current limit. “If one can pretty much rely on there being no checks, the legal limit only plays a minimal role,” he said.

Peter Ramsauer, federal transport minister, supports the current situation but the paper says has rejected the idea of extending the complete man.

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11:29 July 18, 2010 by Prufrock2010
0.0 equals prohibition. That worked out very well in the past.
12:20 July 18, 2010 by ron1amr
I think that is a good idea. If you want to drink, don't drive. And if you have a car and want to drink then call a hire driver to get your car home or make other arrangements. Its simple and not hard and people would get used to it.

if you go out for a night of drinking elect a skipper that won't drink.

Or public transport.
23:05 July 18, 2010 by Edmond Schindler
0.0 does NOT equal prohibition, it applies to driving after drinking, there are very good public facilities of transport when you imbibe in Germany.

For the Americans it may equal prohibition since public transportation isn't an option for most but this article is not about Ami's.

I am all for saving lives and allowing folks to have their drink.. Just not on public roads.
23:09 July 18, 2010 by Der Grenadier aus Aachen
This is completely idiotic. I weigh 105 kilograms. Two beers have about as much effect on me as a mosquito sting.
23:20 July 18, 2010 by Edmond Schindler
@Der Grenadier

So you definitely qualify for this statement since you cannot be objective:

"No-one can objectively estimate their blood alcohol level after one or two glasses of beer." - Wolfgang Böhmer, minister president of Saxony Anhalt
09:59 July 19, 2010 by Prufrock2010
Dear Mr. Schindler --

I'm trying to illustrate a broader point here. Are you suggesting that I cannot have one bloody glass of wine when I go out to dinner and drive home? (One is my limit when I'm driving). Maybe no one can objectively estimate their blood alcohol lever after one or two glasses of beer, as the article states, but science can easily determine their blood alcohol level. This is de facto back door prohibition, pure and simple. Maybe if the government did something to tear away the cell phones that are grafted to every housewife motorist's ear lives would be saved on the highways and byways.
15:10 July 19, 2010 by Der Grenadier aus Aachen
@Edmond Schindler

Actually, I've had my BAC taken after two beers. And yes, I could drive home, because it was barely a blip.

I've had no accidents in my entire life, and one speeding ticket (out of sheer stupidity on my part). This is with driving an average of 27,000 kilometers a year. Are you going to seriously tell me that it's not safe for me to have two beers and then drive home?
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