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Driving alcohol

Verified 27 May 2021 - Legal and Administrative Information Directorate (Prime Minister)

You are not allowed to drive with a blood alcohol level of 0.5 grammes (g) per litre (l) or more. The maximum permitted alcohol level is 0.2 g/l of blood in several situations: probationary period, accompanied driving, and since October 2019, vehicle equipped with EAD: titleContent. The police and the gendarmerie can carry out blood alcohol tests. If these levels are exceeded, the applicable penalties differ depending on whether the level exceeds 0,8 g/l of blood.

General case

The maximum permitted alcohol level is 0,5 g/l blood (i.e. 0.25 mg/l air).

Screening by ethylotest can be done in the following situations:

  • You are the alleged author of a offence punished by additional penalty suspension of the driving licence
  • You're involved in a traffic accident resulting in personal injury
  • You're involved in a any traffic accident
  • You are the alleged author of a traffic violation

Police or gendarmerie forces on the side of the traffic lanes can also carry out tests by breathaliser  without any infringement or accident.

Law enforcement provides you with a breathaliser test.

The breathaliser does not measure the precise amount of alcohol. It is used only to detect a blood alcohol level.

In what cases?

A check of the specific alcohol level is made if screening by ethylotest is positive.

An audit can also be done without screening in the following situations:

  • You are the alleged author of a offence punished by additional penalty suspension of the driving licence
  • You're involved in a traffic accident resulting in personal injury

A specific alcohol level check may also be ordered in the following situations:

  • You refuse screening
  • Your medical condition, which has been certified by a doctor, does not allow you to be screened by an alcohol test
  • You are drunkenness

Police or gendarmerie forces on the side of traffic lanes may also carry out a specific alcohol check, with or without prior screening, without any infringement or accident.

How?

Verification is carried out

  • either by blood test and medical examination,
  • or by means of ethylometer.

What is the risk of a refusal?

Refusing to submit to alcohol testing is punishable by 2 years in prison and €4,500 fine.

You may also additional penalties following:

Rate between 0.5 and 0.8 g/l

Driving with a blood alcohol level equal to or greater than 0,5g/l and less than 0,8 g/l is contravention.

Even if there is no clear sign of intoxication, you are fined up to €750. In general, this is a flat-rate fine of €135.

Your vehicle can be locked.

6 points are taken off the driver's licence.

You may also additional penalties following:

Rate of 0,8 g/l or more

Driving with an alcohol level equal to or greater than 0,8 g/l of blood, even in the absence of any sign of drunkenness, is offence.

Law enforcement agencies (police or gendarmerie) may take your licence and you withdraw the right to drive for a maximum of 72 hours.

Your vehicle can be locked.

6 points are taken off the driver's licence.

Depending on the results of the blood test, the prefect may suspend your permit or restrict your right to drive a vehicle equipped with (EAD).

You may also face the following legal penalties:

A simulator tells you what you'll face if you commit a traffic offence:

What is the risk in case of a road violation?

Probation

If you probationary period, the maximum permitted alcohol level is 0,2 g/l of blood (i.e. 0.10 mg/l air).

Screening by ethylotest can be done in the following situations:

  • You are the alleged author of a offence punished by additional penalty suspension of the driving licence
  • You're involved in a traffic accident resulting in personal injury
  • You're involved in a any traffic accident
  • You are the alleged author of a traffic violation

Police or gendarmerie forces on the side of the traffic lanes can also carry out tests by breathaliser  without any infringement or accident.

Law enforcement provides you with a breathaliser test.

The breathaliser does not measure the precise amount of alcohol. It is used only to detect a blood alcohol level.

In what cases?

A check of the specific alcohol level is made if screening ethylotest positive.

An audit can also be done without screening in the following situations:

  • You are the alleged author of a offence punished by additional penalty suspension of the driving licence
  • You're involved in a traffic accident resulting in personal injury

A specific alcohol level check may also be ordered in the following situations:

  • You refuse screening
  • Your medical condition, which has been certified by a doctor, does not allow you to be screened by an alcohol test
  • You are drunkenness

Police or gendarmerie forces on the side of traffic lanes may also carry out a specific alcohol check, with or without prior screening, without any infringement or accident.

How?

Verification is carried out

  • either by blood test and medical examination,
  • or by means of ethylometer.

What is the risk of a refusal?

Refusing to submit to alcohol testing is punishable by 2 years in prison and €4,500 fine.

You may also additional penalties following:

Rate between 0.2 and 0.8 g/l

Driving with a blood alcohol level equal to or greater than 0.2g/l and less than 0.8g/l is a violation.

Even if there is no clear sign of intoxication, you are fined up to €750. In general, this is a flat-rate fine of €135.

Your vehicle can be locked.

6 points are taken off the driver's licence.

You may also additional penalties following:

Rate of 0,8 g/l or more

Driving with an alcohol level equal to or greater than 0,8 g/l of blood, even in the absence of any sign of drunkenness, is an offence.

Law enforcement agencies (police or gendarmerie) may take your licence and you withdraw the right to drive for a maximum of 72 hours.

Your vehicle can be locked.

6 points are taken off the driver's licence.

Depending on the results of the blood test, the prefect may suspend your permit or restrict your right to drive a vehicle equipped with (EAD).

You may also face the following legal penalties:

A simulator tells you what you'll face if you commit a traffic offence:

What is the risk in case of a road violation?

Driving

If you are in early learning, supervised or supervised driving, the maximum permitted alcohol level is 0,2 g/l of blood (i.e. 0.10 mg/l air).

Screening by ethylotest can be done in the following situations:

  • You are the alleged author of a offence punished by additional penalty suspension of the driving licence
  • You're involved in a traffic accident resulting in personal injury
  • You're involved in a any traffic accident
  • You are the alleged author of a traffic violation

Police or gendarmerie forces on the side of the traffic lanes can also carry out tests by breathaliser  without any infringement or accident.

Law enforcement provides you with a breathaliser test.

The breathaliser does not measure the precise amount of alcohol. It is used only to detect a blood alcohol level.

In what cases?

A check of the specific alcohol level is made if screening ethylotest positive.

An audit can also be done without screening in the following situations:

  • You are the alleged author of a offence punished by additional penalty suspension of the driving licence
  • You're involved in a traffic accident resulting in personal injury

A specific alcohol level check may also be ordered in the following situations:

  • You refuse screening
  • Your medical condition, which has been certified by a doctor, does not allow you to be screened by an alcohol test
  • You are drunkenness

Police or gendarmerie forces on the side of traffic lanes may also carry out a specific alcohol check, with or without prior screening, without any infringement or accident.

How?

Verification is carried out:

  • either by blood test and medical examination,
  • or by means of ethylometer.

What is the risk of a refusal?

Refusing to submit to alcohol testing is punishable by 2 years in prison and €4,500 fine.

You may also additional penalties following:

Rate between 0.2 and 0.8 g/l

Driving with a blood alcohol level equal to or greater than 0.2g/l and less than 0.8g/l is a violation.

Even if there is no clear sign of intoxication, you are fined up to €750. In general, this is a flat-rate fine of €135.

Your vehicle can be locked.

6 points are taken off the driver's licence.

You may also additional penalties following:

Rate of 0,8 g/l or more

Driving with an alcohol level equal to or greater than 0,8 g/l of blood, even in the absence of any sign of drunkenness, is an offence.

Law enforcement agencies (police or gendarmerie) may take your licence and you withdraw the right to drive for a maximum of 72 hours.

Your vehicle can be locked.

6 points are taken off the driver's licence.

Depending on the results of the blood test, the prefect may suspend your permit or restrict your right to drive a vehicle equipped with (EAD).

You may also face the following legal penalties:

The following simulator will tell you what penalty you will incur if you commit a traffic offence:

What is the risk in case of a road violation?

Vehicle with EAD

Since October 2019, if your right to drive is limited to vehicles equipped with an approved start-up test device, the maximum permitted alcohol level is 0,2 g/l of blood (i.e. 0.10 mg/l air).

Screening by ethylotest can be done in the following situations:

  • You are the alleged author of a offence punished by additional penalty suspension of the driving licence
  • You're involved in a traffic accident resulting in personal injury
  • You're involved in a any traffic accident
  • You are the alleged author of a traffic violation

Police or gendarmerie forces on the side of the traffic lanes can also carry out tests by breathaliser  without any infringement or accident.

Law enforcement provides you with a breathaliser test.

The breathaliser does not measure the precise amount of alcohol. It is used only to detect a blood alcohol level.

In what cases?

A check of the specific alcohol level is made if screening ethylotest is positivef.

An audit can also be done without screening in the following situations:

  • You are the alleged author of a offence punished by additional penalty suspension of the driving licence
  • You're involved in a traffic accident resulting in personal injury

A specific alcohol level check may also be ordered in the following situations:

  • You refuse screening
  • Your medical condition, which has been certified by a doctor, does not allow you to be screened by an alcohol test
  • You are drunkenness

Police or gendarmerie forces on the side of traffic lanes may also carry out a specific alcohol check, with or without prior screening, without any infringement or accident.

How?

Verification is carried out:

  • either by blood test and medical examination,
  • or by means of ethylometer.

What is the risk of a refusal?

Refusing to submit to alcohol testing is punishable by 2 years in prison and €4,500 fine.

You may also additional penalties following:

Rate between 0.5 and 0.8 g/l

Driving with a blood alcohol level equal to or greater than 0.5g/l and less than 0.8 g/l is a violation.

Even if there is no clear sign of intoxication, you are fined up to €750. In general, this is a flat-rate fine of €135.

Your vehicle can be locked.

6 points are taken off the driver's licence.

You may also additional penalties following:

Rate of 0,8 g/l or more

Driving with an alcohol level equal to or greater than 0,8 g/l of blood, even in the absence of any sign of drunkenness, is an offence.

Law enforcement agencies (police or gendarmerie) may take your licence and you withdraw the right to drive for a maximum of 72 hours.

Your vehicle can be locked.

6 points are taken off the driver's licence.

Depending on the results of the blood test, the prefect may suspend your permit or restrict your right to drive a vehicle equipped with (EAD).

You may also face the following legal penalties:

The following simulator will tell you what penalty you will incur if you commit a traffic offence:

What is the risk in case of a road violation?