Polizei increases traffic controls

The fifth season is in full gear and the main Fasching days are approaching. The Westpfalz Police Headquarters in Kaiserslautern wants all motorists to get through that season without any accidents and alcohol-related problems. At this time of the year motorists should be aware of an increased number of traffic controls and DUI checks performed by German Polizei.

According to the Westpfalz Police Headquarters, 12 alcohol-related traffic accidents occurred during the last seven days of Fasching. One accident was caused under the influence of drugs. People got injured in three of these accidents and in one accident, one person got killed.

Police officials recommend that people who plan to join Fasching events take a taxi or public transportation. 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.

Polizei will request a breathalyzer test if they become suspicious of the driver’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 motorist’s drive ends right here. Depending on the level, consequences can be a fine, withdrawal of the driver’s license and a possible lawsuit.

(Courtesy of Westpfalz Police Headquarters Kaiserslautern)