Spain's traffic authorities are looking at the option of reducing the alcohol limit to zero for new and young drivers and those who do so professionally, including road-haulage and taxi drivers.
Gregorio Serrano, Head of the General Directorate of Traffic (DGT) says the move will 'remove potential killers from Spain's roads' and went on to say, that in some countries, the zero rule already applies.
Today in Spain, the alcohol limit is one of the lowest in Europe – less than a small glass of wine on a full stomach for a woman of average build – but even after the recent deaths of three cyclists in Oliva ,Valencia , hit national news, reports have continued to flood in of drivers caught between three and six times over the limit.
Although none of those caught so far and reported are young, new drivers, or professionals.
At present, the alcohol limit of 0.25 milligrams per litre of breath – barely a small glass of wine and could be reduced by 40% for new and professional drivers, to 0.15.
This is less than half a glass of wine which means that there is no point in there being a limit at all as in effect, that even a couple of mouthfuls of an alcoholic drink would render a driver illegal, thus precluding him or her from ordering a glass at all.
Drink- and drug-drivers who re-offend will lose their licence altogether following medical checks said Serrano.