the DGT will apply the 0 alcohol rate exclusively to minors

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The exponential increase in personal mobility vehicles that has been experienced in recent years has caused the DGT to roll up its sleeves and promote some changes in its regulations to closely monitor scooters and bicycles, especially. Among the new measures: 0 alcohol rate for minors.


That is to say, the first steps to banish alcohol consumption when the driver puts himself in the hands of a vehicle will be taken by minors. And although this group was already prohibited from drinking alcoholic beverages, the new Law on Traffic, Circulation of Motor Vehicles and Road Safety (in force from next March 21) makes it explicit that the 0 alcohol rate will be applied in any vehicle that can be accessed.

Minors, the only ones affected

Reducing the level of alcohol allowed or even completely expelling its consumption from any type of vehicle is a common claim from traffic victims’ associations or even from drivers’ associations such as the RACC. However, the consumption of alcohol, although very light, is still allowed.

The new reform of the law does not change the limits already allowed. and in his article 14 this new rate 0 is only specified for minors.

The driver of any vehicle with alcohol levels higher than those determined by regulation may not circulate on the roads covered by this Law. Under no circumstances may the underage driver circulate on the roads with a blood alcohol level greater than 0 grams per liter or alcohol in breath greater than 0 milligrams per liter. Neither can the driver of any vehicle with the presence of drugs in the body, which excludes those substances that are used under medical prescription and for therapeutic purposes, provided that he is in a position to use the vehicle in accordance with the obligation of diligence, precaution and non-distraction established in article 10.

However, for the rest of the drivers, the established limits are maintained:

  • novice drivers: 0.3 grams per liter of blood and 0.15 milligrams per liter of expired air.
  • Professionals: 0.3 grams per liter of blood and 0.15 milligrams per liter of expired air.
  • Other drivers: 0.5 grams per liter of blood and 0.25 milligrams per liter of expired air.

Therefore, it will be the minors, who can access mopeds, light quadricycles, scooters and bicycles from the age of 15, who face this new rate 0.

What will happen to the fines

What we still have to know is what fines will they face those minors who are tested positive for alcohol. It must be remembered that the current sanctions for exceeding the maximum limits allowed are staggered depending on their severity.

When the level of alcohol is between 0.25 mg/l and 0.50 mg/l in expired air (values ​​between 0.15 and 0.30 mg/l for novices and professionals), the fine is 500 euros and four points on the driver’s license. If the driver is a repeat offender in the last year, the fine is 1,000 euros.

If the rate exceeds 0.50 mg/l in expired air (0.30 mg/l for novices and professionals), the fine is 1,000 euros and six points are deducted from the driving license.

Although it may not seem like the most effective solution, we will always look favorably on minors having a new barrier to alcohol consumption. It must be remembered that in Spain it is encrypted the age of entry to alcohol consumption in the 14 years. In addition, among secondary and high school students, 77.8% acknowledge having drunk alcohol at some time in their life and 58.5% say they have consumed it in the last month.

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But not only minors present high data on alcohol consumption. 8.8% of the population between 15 and 64 years old say they consume it daily. 82.7% of men state that they have drunk alcohol in the last year, while 71.6% of women confirm it.

In terms of its impact on road safety. The DGT states that alcohol is present in an average of between 30 and 50% of fatal accidents registered in our country. With 0.5 g/l of alcohol in the blood, we run twice the risk of having an accident and with 0.8 g/l of alcohol in the blood, this risk is multiplied by eight.

The exponential increase in personal mobility vehicles that has been experienced in recent years has caused the DGT to roll…

The exponential increase in personal mobility vehicles that has been experienced in recent years has caused the DGT to roll…

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