AT WHAT LEVEL OF ALCOHOL SHOULD I STOP USING MY CAR AND BICYCLE?
Alcohol in road traffic is (partly) responsible for 4.5% of accidents with personal injury. Alcohol leads to a reduced ability to react, coordinate and concentrate and can therefore have dangerous consequences in road traffic. In order not to endanger oneself, but also not to pose a danger to other people, it is important to adhere to the legal requirements. The decision is made according to age, driving experience and vehicle.
0.0 per mille
For all novice drivers in their first two years of driving, as well as for anyone under the age of 21, the rule is: no drinking and driving. Traffic accidents occur more frequently than average among novice drivers and young people. The aim of the regulation is therefore to protect those groups of people who are particularly at risk. Drivers often have a high level of responsibility not only for themselves, but also for other passengers. The rule is therefore not intended to spoil young people's fun, but to save lives.
0.3 per mille
People who are over 21 and no longer novice drivers are allowed to drink a small amount of alcohol and then still drive. However, if the person driving has a blood alcohol level of at least 0.3 per mille and then causes an accident or shows alcohol-typical behavioral conspicuities, a criminal complaint and a fine will be issued. Even at a blood alcohol level of 0.3 per mille, our body reacts with reduced visual performance and our concentration as well as our ability to judge and react are impaired. By the way, a blood alcohol level of 0.3 is quickly reached. For a 55 kg woman, 10 g of pure alcohol, i.e. a 0.25 l beer or a glass of wine (0.1 l), is sufficient. For a 75 kg man, the value of 0.3 per mille is reached with about 30 g of pure alcohol, i.e. with three small beers.
0.5 per mille
Driving a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol level of 0.5 per mille or more is considered a misdemeanor. It does not matter whether it is a moped, motorcycle or car and whether alcohol-related conspicuousness occurs or not. If you are caught doing so, this will result in a driving ban and a fine. If the per mill value is between 0.5 and 1.09 per mill, one can expect a 500 € fine, 1 month driving ban and 2 points in Flensburg. By the way, the same rules that apply to cars also apply to e-scooters and e-bikes!
1.1 per mille
Whoever is caught driving with 1.1 or more per mille must reckon with a variety of negative consequences, because from this value onwards it is spoken of as a criminal offense. From this value onwards, there is a fundamental ban on participating in road traffic, which can result in fines, the suspension of driving licenses and points in Flensburg.
1.6 per mille
There is also a limit for cyclists. Anyone caught riding a bicycle with 1.6 per mille or more will receive points in Flensburg and a fine, as it is a criminal offense above this level. Also the attendance of a medical-psychological examination is obligatory from this promillwert (independently of the vehicle). You can see how a blood alcohol level of 1.6 affects driving behavior, coordination and reaction times in the PULS self-test video. So if you are unsure in the future what your blood alcohol level is, the smartest thing to do is to faithfully follow the motto "If you love your bike, push it".