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Drunken Munich U-Bahn train driver busted

The Local · 8 Feb 2012, 17:03

Published: 08 Feb 2012 17:03 GMT+01:00

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The U-Bahn control centre for the Bavarian city became suspicious after the 46-year-old failed to stop his train at two stops on Tuesday, according to the MVG public transport operator.

His sloshed ride came to an end after he went through a red warning signal, triggering the train’s emergency brakes. The train was then brought to the next station and the driver was immediately relieved of his keys.

According to the police, U-Bahn passengers had spoken to the driver and noticed the heavy smell of alcohol. An MVG employee said he had glassy eyes and seemed in bad shape.

The driver was sent home after taking an alcohol test. He now faces criminal charges for his intoxicated trip.

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19:07 February 8, 2012 by Englishted
Idiot could have cause a major problem thank goodness for the automatic braking system.
01:14 February 9, 2012 by Khalidhameed
I also suspect same drunk drivers with lazy and slow stop announcements. Either they came straight away from bed to cabin or totally drunk

thanks to the automatic braking system
08:19 February 9, 2012 by Ruhetag
So what? I often drink on the U-Bahn.

Does this have something to do with the recent ban on drinking on Munich's U-Bahn?
09:04 February 9, 2012 by The-ex-pat
Slight hysteria, 0.2 percent could hardly be described as drunk. It is the reading you would get after a two so three sips of beer. 0.2 is effectively the zero tolerance level. The only reason it is not 0.0 or 0.1 is that the natural alcohol level of the body prevents this. Idiot yes, hyped story yes, drunk no.
09:59 February 9, 2012 by wood artist

While I might agree that .02 shouldn't be a problem, there are two truths here you seem to ignore. First, regardless of his measured level, he evidently WAS impaired. Does he need to be .20 to be drunk enough to suit you? Does he need to kill someone before it matters?

Second, shouldn't it be zero tolerance? Are you okay putting your life in the hands of someone who is just "slightly drunk?" I'm not. For some, .02 is way too much, while others might not even notice it. When the safety of others (the public) is involved, I think it's time to err on the side of safety. He's been drinking...he doesn't work!

11:34 February 9, 2012 by lucksi
@ex-pat: Slight reading comprehension fail.

He had a blood alcohol level of 0.2 PERCENT, not per mille. The drunk driving level is 0.08 or 0.05 percent or whatever it was changed to. Dunno if every state has different drunk driving levels, but he was drunk no matter how you look at it.
12:00 February 9, 2012 by The-ex-pat
I stand corrected, I had read 0.2 mille and not 0.2%, somewhat of a difference.....
13:42 February 9, 2012 by melbournite
i'll say a difference, considering wikipedia lists one of the consequences of a 0.3 level as "possible death"
15:23 February 9, 2012 by boopsie
If I had a job like that I be driven to drink too.
14:54 February 10, 2012 by petenick
Gee, i'd better be careful after I've had a few and then drive my Maerklin trains!
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