The DGT is intensifying alcohol and drug checks this week


The consumption of alcohol and drugs is one of the main risk factors in traffic accidents, as stated in the 2021 Report on Toxicological Findings in
Victims of road accidents prepared by the National Institute of Toxicology and Forensic Sciences (INTCF)

The Memory reflects that in
49.4% of drivers die on the road in 2021 and analyzed by the INTCF, the presence of alcohol, drugs or psychotropic drugs was detected, individually or in combination, and that in addition, 75% of these positive drivers had a very high blood alcohol level, equal to or higher than 1.2 g/L , which correlates the degree of very severe intoxication.

Therefore, and as part of its strategy to reduce the number of accidents and deaths on the road, the Directorate-General for Traffic is launching a new campaign until next Sunday, December 11, increasing vigilance regarding the risk that it is the sum of alcohol and drug use and driving.

During this week, in which
the two public holidays of Tuesday and Thursday will significantly increase both movements and celebrations, the agents of the Traffic Group of the Guardia Civil (ATGC) and the local police who join the campaign will intensify controls on this simultaneous factor on the 31st % of fatal accidents.

To this end, several checkpoints will be set up on all types of roads, as well as in urban centers, and at any time of the day, with the aim of preventing people who have consumed alcohol or drugs from circulating on the road.

The DGT again urges you to remember that
the only safe rate is 0.0% since, even with a blood alcohol level within the legal range, our risk of causing an accident may be increased.

In addition, 0.0% is the rate, both in blood and in exhaled air, that underage drivers driving a vehicle must respect after the entry into force of the reform of the Traffic and Road Safety Act last March.

Spanish law allows one level
up to 0.5 grams per liter of blood (or 0.25 mg/L of exhaled air), except for novice or professional drivers where the speed drops to 0.3 (0.15). Anyone who exceeds the permitted limits should know that from 0.6 mg/l of alcohol in the air or 1.2 g/l in the blood you commit a crime that carries a prison sentence.

The penalty, as specified by the DGT, is three to six months in prison, or up to one year if the driver refuses to submit to the check. Since it is less than two years, the judge can – not necessarily – choose to prevent this by imposing a fine or a penalty
penance and work for the benefit of the communitybut here the DGT insists again: “Don’t risk having a criminal record for recklessness.”

For drivers of vehicles and bicycles, a maximum of 0.5 grams per liter is determined in the blood, or alcohol in exhaled air never exceeds 0.25 milligrams per litre.

As for new drivers,
the maximum allowed alcohol percentage It is 0.3 grams per liter of blood and 0.15 milligrams per liter of alcohol in exhaled air for the two years after obtaining the license or permit.

Professional drivers with vehicles – whose maximum authorized mass exceeds 3,500 kilograms – vehicles intended for the transport of passengers with more than nine seats, or public service, school transport and minors, dangerous goods or emergency services or special transport are penalized if they drive with a blood alcohol content of more than 0.3 grams per litre, or alcohol in exhaled air of more than 0.15 milligrams per litre.

The amount of the fine for exceeding the permitted alcohol rates is 500 euros and 4 or 6 points that,
would be 1,000 euros and the withdrawal of 4 or 6 points in the event that the driver had already been fined for alcoholism in the immediately preceding year for exceeding the permissible rate, as well as when driving at a fare in excess of twice the permissible rate.

There is a criminal offense if the alcohol content in exhaled air exceeds 0.60 milligrams per liter or if the blood alcohol level exceeds 1.2 grams per liter or if you drive under the influence of alcohol.

The punishment would be in this case
imprisonment of three to six months or with a fine of six to twelve months or with that of works for the benefit of the community of 31 to 90 days, and in any case with deprivation of the right to drive motor vehicles and mopeds for a period of more than one and a maximum of four years.

Source: La Verdad


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