Drink-Driving in Romania


Road deaths related to alcohol decreased from 164 in 2011 to 114 in 2019. Years 2020 and 2021 saw a further decrease, with respectively 66 and 47 alcohol-related road deaths.

BAC limits and sanctions

0.0 for all drivers

The sanction applied for drink-driving depends on the amount of alcohol detected:
A. Contravention – sanctioned with a fine and the suspension of the driving license for a period of 90 days if the blood alcohol level is up to 0.8g/l;
B. Crime / infraction sanctioned with a criminal fine or prison and the cancellation of the driver’s license if the blood alcohol level is 0.8g/l or above.


Data on roadside police checks are not available for recent years. In 2015, the latest year available, 72 per 1000 inhabitants were checked by the police. The proportion of drivers found above the legal limit was 1.8%.

Rehabilitation and Alcohol Interlock programmes

No Alcohol Interlocks programme in place.


In 2021, the Romanian police, in partnership with the Association of Romanian Brewers and Petrom, launched the prevention campaign “0% ALCOHOL! 100% STEERING WHEEL!”. This aimed to make drivers, passengers and other road users aware of the negative consequences of driving a vehicle under the influence of alcoholic beverages and thereby reduce the number of road collisions.


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