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Old 07.09.2011, 00:59
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Re: Swiss attitude to drink driving?

I think you should report situations to the police where you are sure people are driving when drunk. They will not accept anonymous reports though.

The penalties here are very hard, especially for repeat offenders. Then an interview with a psychiatrist is normal, followed usually by a permanent ban.
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I agree. You've got to be a proper prick to drink drive. My neighbour drove over a cat the other day, he finishes work some days at 4pm, goes drinking until 6pm at the local bar in our village then drives home....my kids are still sometimes playing in the street & he gets out of his car & staggers to the front door pissed.

I told him the other day I will call the police but he keeps doing it..
Do call. Don't wait until something happens.
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Re: Swiss attitude to drink driving?

I spent over 10 years in traffic enforcement in Australia, and I my professional opinion is that alcohol and occupant restraints are the most significant factors in injury/fatal vehicle accidents, much more than speed alone.

I have been stopped on a few occasions by police, and NEVER once breathalysed.

For those caught here drink driving, the penalties are indeed severe. But alcohol testing is neither strategic nor high profile. In the cities drink driving is less prolific, but in country areas I believe it is rife. Once only has to look at the police column in the Tagblatt to see...nearly every second accident is a single-vehicle,alcohol-related one.
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I have to disagree. As a car driver, I frequently see spot checks, and if there is the faintest whiff of alcohol, they will test you.
Yeap - there are certain roads where the police set up regular road blocks here in Zurich. The whole stretch of Seestrasse when you are leaving Chinagarten, along Zollikon down towards Rapperswil is prime.

We've experienced one even on a Sunday evening coming back from the cinema around 9pm! Every car is stopped and questioned if we've had any to drink. The police man actually even poked his head into the car to confirm.

My hairdresser got caught on the same road too, along Seestrasse nearing Meilen around 3am.
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Re: Swiss attitude to drink driving?

To update, I saw it again over the weekend. Now though I have noticed that it tends to be the same 3/4 cars.

I hardly ever see any police here. Aside from last week, when they were parked up in an old looking blue van and walking around talking to people (never did find out why) in the morning, I must see one patrol car go by once or twice a week.
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My hairdresser got caught on the same road too, along Seestrasse nearing Meilen around 3am.
I'm glad my barber doesn't drink. I want to keep my ears.
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Re: Swiss attitude to drink driving?

I grew up in Australia and this ad campaign started in my home state around the time I learnt to drive.





Quite good reasons not to drink or drive.
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Re: Swiss attitude to drink driving?

Alcohol and driving ....? Not a good idea. My Swiss friends won`t even have a glass of wine if they are having to drive - extreme yes - cautious yes! Even one small bottle of beer is gambling with being involved in beurocracy.

Why? Because it means even smelling of alcohol they will have to go to the hospital and have their blood taken for testing, and in the meantime their driving licence is taken away .. to await the result..... which could take about a month. It has happend here in my village... three times in the last year, to folk I know.

(One young fellow was pulled over by the Polizei on his way home from work at midday on a Saturday and given a litmus test for smoking marijuana ... it was positive ..... licence confiscated ... hospital for blood test ...... came back negative two months later, and his licence returned.
He had smoked a joint a couple nights before that Saturday!)

Losing the licence temporarily can cause a lot of inconvenience!
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