Speeding and drink driving become criminal

6th December 2007, Comments 0 comments

6 December 2007, MADRID - Faced with a long holiday weekend spanning Constitution Day today and the Immaculate Conception on Saturday, Spanish traffic police are planning to step up surveillance of Spain's roads armed with a new weapon of the law to deter reckless drivers.

6 December 2007

MADRID - Faced with a long holiday weekend spanning Constitution Day today and the Immaculate Conception on Saturday, Spanish traffic police are planning to step up surveillance of Spain's roads armed with a new weapon of the law to deter reckless drivers.

As of last Sunday, it has been a criminal offence to drive drunk or speed, and anyone caught doing so could face a prison sentence of up to six months. If they are caught committing both crimes together, the sentence could be up to two years.

The limit at which drunk driving becomes a crime is 0.60 milligrams of alcohol in exhaled air, while for speeding to be considered a crime the driver would have to exceed 200km/h on a highway or 110km/h in an urban area.

Except for people with prior criminal records, most sentences would be substituted for a fine. In the first two days of the legislation going into effect, 154 people were arrested.

[Copyright EL PAÍS, SL. 2007]

Subject: Spanish news

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