Drink-Driving in Germany
The numbers of alcohol-related deaths registered in 2019 and 2020
were respectively 228 and 156 (out of 3 059 total road deaths in 2019 and 2 724 in 2020).
These figures include all participants involved in a crash where a driver was found under the
influence. In 2020, alcohol-related deaths accounted for 5,7% of all road deaths registered
BAC limits and sanctions
0.0 for novice and professional drivers
The table below summarises the sanctions and penalties set out in German road traffic law, according to BAC level:
|0.5 - 1.09 g/l
(1000 if second offence;
1500 if third offence)
(3 months for second and third offence)
|1.1 g/l and above
|Jail or large fine
|Dependent on the BAC level
and the driving history
|Non-respect of the
for novice drivers
|Extension of the
probationary period for
2 additional years
Only alive suspected drivers are tested. In case of a single vehicle collision when nobody else has been injured, the alcohol test will not be done.
No data on enforcement is available as the responsibility is delegated to the federal state level in
Rehabilitation and Alcohol Interlock programmes
No Alcohol Interlock rehabilitation programme in place.
Every two years the Deutsche Hauptstelle für Suchtfragen DHS organises the nationwide
Alcohol Action Week. This prevention campaign invites the general public to take a
critical look at alcohol and alcohol consumption, also in the context of driving.
The Federal Center for Health Education (BZgA) runs another campaign directed to
young drivers about the danger of driving under the influence of alcohol.
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