Driving under the influence (DUI)
Stefanie Rohr, MLaw Lawyer
Driving under influence (DUI) also known as drunk driving is when a perpetrator drives a motor vehicle while impaired by alcohol or other drugs including those prescribed by physicians, to a level that renders a driver incapable from operating a motor vehicle safely.
In Switzerland the legal alcohol limit is 0.5 per mill blood alcohol content (BAC). Above 0.5 per mill a person operating a motor vehicle can be fined and sentenced for the crime of DUI. A BAC between 0.5 per mill and 0.79 per mill is considered a simple DUI, while a BAC of 0.8 per mill and above is considered a qualified DUI.
If a driver is apprehended with a qualified DUI the criminal offence is aggravated. The criminal sentence or fine accordingly will be higher. Furthermore the driving license can be confiscated by the Road Traffic Licensing Department. The Road Traffic Licensing Department will then usually issue an order that the license will only be handed out under verification of alcohol abstinence through a specially licensed doctor and / or after psychological treatment for alcohol abuse has been undergone by the apprehended driver.
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