During Fasching season motorists should be aware of an increased number of traffic controls and DUI checks performed by German Polizei. Police officers 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 there. Depending on the level, consequences can be a fine, withdrawal of the drivers’ license and a possible lawsuit.
Officials of the German automobile club ADAC 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.
According to ADAC, motorists are not authorized to drive with a face mask because their visibility and hearing can be impacted. If German Polizei stops a driver with a face mask on, they can charge a fine. If the disguise results in an accident, consequences might be worse. Insurance might not pay due to gross negligence. (Courtesy of ADAC)