What's the EU method?.
* Austria: 0.05% and 0.01% for drivers who have held a licence for less than 2 years and drivers of vehicles over 7.5 tonnes
* Belgium: 0.05%
* Bulgaria: 0.05%
* Czech Republic: Zero
* Denmark: 0.05%, imprisonment if over 0.08%, zero if involved in an accident
* Estonia: 0.02%
* Finland: 0.05%
* France: 0.05%
* Germany: zero for beginners (less than 2 years' experience and drivers under the age of 21) as well as drivers making commercial transportation of passengers; 0.03% in conjunction with any other traffic offense or accident; 0.05% without evidence of alcoholic impact; penalty for 0.11% is driver licence withdrawn for about one year; for 0.16% regranting of the licence requires a successful medical-psychological driver assessment
* Greece: 0.05% (BrAC 0.25 mg/L)% and 0.02% for drivers who have held a license for less than 2 years, motor cycle and professional drivers
* Hungary: Zero
* Ireland: 0.08% to be reduced to 0.05% or 0.02% for learner and professional drivers.
* Italy: 0.05%
* Latvia: 0.02% for drivers with less than 2 years of experience and 0.05% for those with more than 2 years of experience
* Lithuania: 0.02% for drivers with less than 2 years of experience and 0.04% for those with more than 2 years of experience
* Luxembourg: 0.05% and 0.02% for professional drivers and drivers with less than 2 years of experience
* Malta: 0.08%
* Netherlands: 0.05%, 0.02% for drivers with less than 5 years' experience
* Poland: 0.02%
* Portugal: 0.05%
* Romania: Zero
* Slovakia: Zero
* Slovenia: Zero for drivers with 2 years or less experience and professional drivers, 0.24 mg/l (0.05%) for all others.
* Spain: 0.05% and 0.03% for drivers with less than 2 years experience and drivers of freight vehicles over 3.5 tonnes, and of passenger vehicles with more than 9 seats.
* Sweden: 0.02% (up to 6 months imprisonment), 0.10% (imprisonment, maximum 2 years)
* United Kingdom: 0.08%
--This is part two of the "EU method"
In the UK, its the same 0.08 BAC limit. Its the same in that officers cannot pull you over simply to check your licence. They require probable cause or suspicion of intoxication. But, get convicted, and its automatic loss of licence for 12 months, jail time and fines. After that you have to re-sit your driving test (extended, harder test) and good luck finding an insurance company that will take you on. Its also much less socially accepted, and people will not hesitate to take the keys from someone who's been drinking..
My friends in NL-Be. will not get behind the wheel after drinking as the cost is too much to risk. But here in the states theres plenty of loopholes to wiggle your way out of even if your guilty as hell- $$$$$ or who you know.
If you get busted I think it should be 1yr no- if`s or buts, second time 5yrs, hurt or kill somebody 25 to life, no early release.
Far too many times does a drunk with a proven record get his/her DL back only to go on and kill sombody,
But treating everybody as "guilty till proven innocent" is wrong plain & simple.
Anybody want to defend cell phones or texting while driving?? Both have been shown to be major threat to drivers, but its treated with a nod & wink.
Its socially acceptable behavior