***image1***During Fasching season, the Police Headquarters Westpfalz in Kaiserslautern expects an increased number of traffic accidents due to the influence of alcohol. Throughout last year, there were 434 traffic accidents under the influence of alcohol in this region; 211 persons were injured and five died.
“Every driver must know the risk there is when driving after drinking,” said Andreas Kohler, traffic concerns coordinator, Police Headquarters Westpfalz. “Consequences include withdrawal of the drivers’ license, some motorists even lose their job, and sometimes the insurance company won’t pay the damages.”
There will be an increased number of police controls and DUI checks in the Westpfalz throughout the coming weeks. German Polizei will request a breathalyzer test if they become suspicious of the motorist’s way of driving or attitude. If the suspect refuses the test, Polizei can take the suspect to have blood taken. The suspect has to pay about €70 out of his pocket, if the test is positive.
When the blood alcohol level or the breathalyzer concentration is over the limit, the drive ends right there.
Mr. Kohler recommends that people who plan to join Fasching events don’t drink alcohol, or use public transportation or a taxi to drive home. Also, remains of alcohol stay in the body until the following day.
Therefore, even the morning after Fasching activities, people should not drive their vehicles. (Information by Police Headquarters Westpfalz)
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