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Drunk cyclists face bike ban in university town

The Local · 9 Mar 2012, 07:20

Published: 09 Mar 2012 07:20 GMT+01:00

The town has a massive problem with drunk cyclists, said Martin Schulze-Werner, head of the town public order office.

New rules will mean that any cyclist stopped with a blood alcohol level of more than 1.6 parts per thousand will be banned from their bikes.

If they are discovered ignoring a ban, they will be fined at least €500, said Schulze-Werner.

He said of the eight fatalities among cyclists last year, five were drunk, while last year police stopped 135 cyclists who had more than 1.6 parts per thousand alcohol blood level.

Until now only drunk cyclists who had driving licenses could be made to suffer the consequences – last year 26 lost their car driving licenses.

But now Schulze-Werner is determined to make the drink-driving laws apply to cyclists too, and said the first bicycling ban was being processed.

People barred from their bikes will have to pass a medical-psychological test, just like those who are banned from their cars for drink-driving.

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Your comments about this article

08:51 March 9, 2012 by Dogs_Gonads
Thats music to my ears.

I live in Muenster and cyclists must think they are bomb proof.

People who think car drivers are idiots should drive around here for a few days.

You will leave with a totally different attitude towards cyclists.

And how come Germany is the only country in the world to have a medical-psychological test.Only a German could have thought that one up.

And it is a Gmbh.So it is in their financial interest that you don't pass first time.
08:59 March 9, 2012 by gtappend
I don't need to go to Münster to see that!

Any of the traffic lights along the Hohemarkstraße in Oberursel/Ts. will do to see how cyclists think that red lights don't apply to them.
18:40 March 10, 2012 by RedLeg6
In Muenster-Handorf on New Years Eve, we just threw firecrackers at them when they weaved by.
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