Spain May Introduce Breathalyzers and Speed Limits for Drunk Pedestrians

Drunken stumbling may soon become a violation of Spain’s traffic laws, if the legislation passes

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Pedestrians could face the same sanctions issued against drunk drivers if they interfere with traffic.  

Pedestrians could face the same sanctions issued against drunk drivers if they interfere with traffic.  

Walking while drunk may become a touch more problematic for Spanish pedestrians, as some officials have proposed new legislation that hold foot traffic accountable to the same standards as those behind the wheel, according to The Guardian.

The bill, from Spain’s Directorate General of Traffic, suggests that as “users of the road,” pedestrians would be subject to the same rules applied to drivers, including the same penalties for drunk driving.

Pedestrians could be subject to on-the-spot breathalyzer tests and drug tests if they are involved in a traffic accident or violation, and could even be asked to adhere to a speed limit for pavements, “not surpassing that of a normal stride,” reports The Guardian.

Not surprisingly, the proposal has already become an area of contention for many, and has been called a “violation of Spaniards’ rights” by the government’s highest advisory council.  

Pedestrians “could possibly abstain from fiestas or from attending weddings and celebrations where alcohol is consumed, since they could be subject to an alcohol test if a vehicle near them is involved in an accident,” said a report opposing the measure from Spain’s Council of State. 

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