Target zero

The progress is clear. It’s hard now to look back and see the high levels of tolerance for alcohol that existed in the highway code of just a few decades ago. When it comes to this matter, there is but one principle: a single drop of alcohol at the wheel is a drop too many.

In Spain, the General Road Traffic Regulation establishes that a driver cannot operate a vehicle if he or she has more than 0.5 grams of alcohol per litre  in their blood, or more than 0.2 milligrams of alcohol per litre present in their breath.

Those are the same levels as in countries like Germany, Belgium, Cyprus, Croatia, Denmark, Slovenia, France, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Portugal and Switzerland.

Even stricter (they permit only 0.2 g/l) are Poland, Sweden, Finland and Estonia. But did you know that there are countries that don’t allow a single drop of alcohol? Bulgaria, Slovakia, Hungary and the Czech Republic decided that the two options are incompatible: you either drive or you drink.

 

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