Drink driver handed lengthy ban
The use of painkillers is no excuse for drink driving, according to a court ruling.
In March 2017, police checked the blood alcohol level of a driver and found it to be 0.024%, which is above the legal limit of 0.020%.
The driver pleaded not guilty of drink driving in court yesterday, saying that he had taken painkillers – one Voltaren and two Ibuprofen pills – and had consumed no more than half a strong beer.
But the court ruled that the use of painkillers does not justify acquittal in a drink-driving charge.
The driver has been handed a ten-day conditional jail sentence, a 30-day community service sentence and a DKK 8,500 fine.
As this is the defendant’s second breach of the Road Traffic Act and the second one coming during a probation period, he was also given a 3.5-year driving ban
Translated by prosa.fo