Spanish Cops To Penalise Pissed Up Pedestrians
Spain’s Directorate General of Traffic have announced details of plans to crack down on ‘drink-walking’ which could see inebriated strollers facing breathalzyer tests and on-the-spot drug tests if they are ‘implicated’ in an accident.
Details of the proposal emerged weeks after experts in Germany called for the alcohol level permitted for cyclists to be reduced to the same maximum as for car drivers, to reduce accidents. Germans owned 71 million bicycles in 2013, dw.de reported recently, which resulted in ‘77,000 bike which accidents caused injury to other people in 2013’. ( http://bit.ly/1BFo7cS )
Cops in Berlin already routinely set traps near nightclubs, hiding round corners and flagging down random cyclists and subjecting them to breath-tests as they pass by. Cyclists found to be over the limit face losing their licence as well as huge fines between €1,600-€5,900 if found over 1.6 per thousand (0.8 mg/l Breathing air), the same penalty those who refuse tests also face.
Superstar cyclist and Tour De France champion Lance Armstrong received a lifetime ban from competitive cycling and was widely pilloried after he was forced in 2012 to admit to using performance enhancing drugs though received support from Massive Attack’s iconic original rapper Tricky.
“I think it is just terrible and disgusting how everyone has treated Lance Armstrong, especially after what he achieved winning seven Tour de France races while competing on drugs,” the infamously hardcore Bristol star said at the time.
“When I was on drugs I couldn’t even find my bike“, he recalled.