sailA omeN • Ei kirjautuneena
Höh, muotoilu hieman falskas, mut anti olla.
oliskohan noi voimassa
Penalties for Drink Driving
Spain applies a points system to driving licences. Spanish residents (including non-Spanish nationals who hold an NIE number) are issued with 12 points initially. If a driving offence is committed, points are deducted from the licence according to the severity of the offence. When no points remain, the licence is cancelled and the holder must go through a re-education process to get it reissued.
While EU driving licences are valid in Spain, the Spanish authorities cannot deduct points from a non-Spanish EU licence. For this reason, they may insist on a licence exchange in order to deduct points from a licence when the holder has committed an offence.
The penalties for driving with a blood alcohol level of over 0.5 g/l can include:
A fine of between 301 and 600 euros
Deduction of six points from the driving licence
Suspension of driving licence for three months
The penalties for driving with a blood alcohol level of over 1.2 g/l can include:
A prison sentence of between three and six months or
A fine and between 31 and 91 days of community service
Suspension of driving licence for between one and four years
To maintain the safety of other road-users, police will confiscate the vehicle of a driver who has been found under the influence of alcohol. An exception is made if a passenger holds a valid driving licence and is able to take control of the vehicle. If the police confiscate a vehicle, the driver is liable for the costs of towing and storage. These costs must be paid before the vehicle is released.
It is compulsory for non-residents to pay fines immediately, in cash. If this is not possible, the vehicle will be confiscated.
Payment of Fines
Fines are payable through the Traffic Department (Dirección General de Tráfico, DGT) website, by telephone (by credit or debit card), in some banks and at post offices (Correos). Additional fees may be charged to cover administrative costs. Fines paid within 20 days of issue benefit from a reduction of 50 percent.