As fine drunk drivers in Europe

Ukraine wants to increase the penalties for driving while intoxicated. What will happen to the drivers for a similar offense in different countries of Europe.

Як штрафують п&#039яних водіїв в Європі

Parliament wants to increase the fines for those who gets behind the wheel while intoxicated, under the influence of alcohol, drugs or medicines. The bill has already passed in the first reading. If changes to the law will be made, fines will increase to 200 non-taxable minimum incomes of citizens to 600. In monetary terms this means an increase of the fine from 3400 to 10200 UAH.

In addition, offenders want to deprive on vehicle control. Each of the next ride while intoxicated will cost you more – more than 20 000 UAH for three years without a license for a second offense within two years. Two follow-up visits to a drunken state in five years will result in a fine of almost 41 000 UAH and deprivation of rights for 10 years.

The alcohol content in the blood is allowed and what penalties it provides for exceeding the law in different European countries – the selection of Deutsche Welle .


The permissible level of alcohol in the blood in Ukraine is defined at the level of 0.2 ppm. For his exceeding the Ukrainian administrative offences Code now provides for a fine of 200 tax-free minimum incomes of citizens or UAH 3400. Deprivation of rights for driving for a period of one to two years at the moment is an alternative to a fine.

Another alternative punishment – administrative arrest for 7-10 days. If the driver in the next year, another time I was driving in a drunken state, he may be debarred for two or three years, or arrest for 10-15 days and even seize cars, for which he will have to pay separately. Mandatory seizure of the vehicle provided for those who were fined twice during the year and broke the law again. This offender also deprive the driver’s license was for a period of 3 to 10 years.


In Germany the administrative responsibility occurs when the level of alcohol in driver’s blood exceeds 0.5 ppm. For such an offence punishable by a fine of 500 euros. If caught not for the first time, the amount could grow to 3,000 euros. In addition, the drunk driver deprived of driving license for a period of one month and enter two points in the special register of driving offences. The same penalties are provided for young drivers or novice drivers. Persons under the age of 21 and those who have the right no longer than two years, to consume alcohol, drivers are forbidden at all. When the number of items in the registry reaches eight, the person threatened withdrawal rights.

Як штрафують п&#039яних водіїв в Європі

In the case of accidents committed under the influence of alcohol, even allowed rate in ppm is not important

However, this relatively high maximum permissible level of alcohol in the blood plays no role when the behavior of the driver on the road indicates his intoxication – that is, when he, for example, “wagging” or commit an accident. In this case, even when the level of alcohol in the blood, ranging from 0.3 ppm, the offense is a criminal offense and is punishable by high fines and deprivation of rights for a period of not less than six or twelve months. The amount of the fine depends on the financial situation of the offender. In the case of repeated offenses, the driver faces even imprisonment.


In France, as in Germany, it operates limit the level of alcohol in blood is 0.5 ppm. If the driver’s blood has established a higher level of alcohol, he faces a fine of 135 euros. In this country also operates a system of penalty points for drivers-residents of France. For beginners who have the right not more than three years, this limit has been fixed at 0.2 ppm. More than 0,8 per Milles of alcohol in blood, have threatened the driver a much more serious penalty of up to 4,500 euros or even imprisonment for up to two years. If to this is added the influence of drugs, a penalty at the level of 9,000 euros and up to three years in prison.


Drivers in the United Kingdom did not violate the law if they are driving with alcohol level in blood up to 0.8 ppm – the highest figure in the EU. The exception is Scotland, where this limit is few years ago was reduced to 0.5 ppm. However, if it is to exceed the fines in the UK can achieve an unlimited size, the driver faces disqualification for at least one year and in some cases even up to six months in prison. Most of the guides for motorists indicate that the size of strawif, as a rule, does not exceed 6500 euros. But this amount compared to fines in other EU countries is extremely high.


The Scandinavian countries are considered to be leaders on the fines for motorists in Europe. In Sweden, as in Ukraine, relatively low limit of permissible alcohol in blood is 0.2 ppm. However, provided the punishment is much more serious. In this country there is no clearly established fines for driving a car while intoxicated.

The amount you have to pay the offender depends on his income. The minimum fine is provided at the level that corresponds to the amount the driver earns in 40 days. The law provides for deprivation of liberty for a term up to six months. In the case of alcohol in the blood at levels greater than 1.0 ppm the driver is threatened with imprisonment for the term up to two years. The same punishment is provided for those who drives drunk swimming means, for example, a boat.


Polish law also provides for maximum allowable face in the alcohol of the driver at the level of 0.2 ppm and the penalty for exceeding it in size from 145 euros. In addition, even low levels of alcohol in the blood can lead to a license suspension ranging from 6 months to three years and even up to one month of imprisonment.

If the level of alcohol in blood exceeds 0.5 ppm, the driver can be imprisoned for up to two years or lose their rights for up to 10 years. In addition, the offender in this country can also confiscate the vehicle. Criminal liability for driving while intoxicated is designed to reduce the number of accidents in the country, many of which occur with the participation of drunk drivers.


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