Status: 05.12.2023, 22:19 p.m.
By: Robin Dittrich
For many, visits to the Christmas market are simply part of the Christmas season. However, if you are not careful when drinking mulled wine, you risk losing your driver's license.
Munich – For some people, alcohol is part of a visit to the Christmas market. Whether it's mulled wine, Lumumba or beer, there's something for everyone. Once something has been eaten, the drinks are particularly well tolerated. Many visitors to the Christmas market underestimate the blood alcohol level and still drive a car – but there are some consequences.
Driving a car after a visit to the Christmas market – driver's license is threatened with withdrawal
Above all, one or two cups of the warm drinks can ensure that no car can be driven at all. TÜV Thüringen gives an example: After a cup of mulled wine, the price of which is extremely high this year, the blood alcohol concentration of an 80-kilogram man can already rise above 0.3 per thousand.
After just one mulled wine, Christmas market visitors can have over 0.3 per thousand - driving can then be expensive. © epd/Imago (symbolic image)
Anyone who is involved in an accident with this blood alcohol level or draws attention to themselves by driving serpentine lines or the like must expect penalties. As a rule, a blood alcohol limit of 0.5 applies at the wheel of cars, motorcycles or e-scooters. However, this is reduced to 0.3 in the event of an unsafe driving style or an accident. Drivers who are caught with more than 0.5 per thousand anyway risk a one-month driving ban, a fine of 500 euros and two points in Flensburg. In Bavaria, a man was even caught with 1.55 per thousand.
Drunk driving: Repeat offenders face high penalties
Drivers who are caught driving under the influence of alcohol more than once must expect significantly higher penalties. The second offence will result in a fine of 1000 euros, and the third offence will cost 1500 euros. In addition, there will be a three-month driving ban and two more points in Flensburg. As TÜV Thüringen informs, 0.5 per thousand can be achieved from just two mulled wines. A criminal offence is committed when drivers get behind the wheel with a blood alcohol level of 1.1 per thousand.
Then three points in Flensburg, withdrawal of the driver's license and fines and prison sentences must be expected. The requirements are stricter for novice drivers in the probationary period and persons under the age of 21 – the zero alcohol limit applies there. Anyone who gets behind the wheel after a mulled wine during the probationary period risks a fine of 250 euros and a point in Flensburg. A blood alcohol limit also applies to cyclists, but the limit for unfitness to drive is 1.6 per thousand.
Going home on foot or by public transport after just one or two alcoholic drinks at the Christmas market is therefore the most sensible and risk-free choice. (rd/dpa)