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April 16, 2024

Although it remains an issue throughout the year, there are certain times when the problem is amplified, and that problem is the deadly mixture of alcohol or drugs and driving.

For alcohol, Spain does have a prescribed limit, which is less than other countries, including the UK for example, but the only safe limit for either alcohol or drugs before driving is zero.

It is worth noting also that the roadside breathalyser in Spain is used in evidence, and so if you fail at the roadside, you face the immediate consequences.

Sanctions are between €500 and €1000, and the loss of points from 4 to 6, with the most serious offences, and repeat offenders, being hit harder.

The maximum alcohol level for novice and professional drivers is 0.15 mg/l in exhaled air. For other drivers it is 0.25 mg/l and if it exceeds 0.60 mg/l, it is a crime. For other drugs, any presence in the body is grounds for sanctions.

The Criminal Code typifies crimes against road safety and establishes the following penalties for driving with excess alcohol or under the influence of drugs.
Alcohol:

Rates higher than 0.60 mg / l in air and rates higher than 1.2 gr / l in blood - Prison for three to six months or a fine of six to twelve months or community service for 30 to 90 days, and deprivation of the right to drive for one to four years.

Refusal to submit to the test - Prison from six months to one year and deprivation of the right to drive from one to four years.

Drugs:

Driving under the influence of toxic drugs, narcotics or psychotropic substances - Prison for three to six months or a fine of six to twelve months or work for the benefit of the community for 30 to 90 days, and deprivation of the right to drive for one to four years.

Refusal to submit to the test - Prison from six months to one year and deprivation of the right to drive from one to four years.


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