Many late night cyclists break driving under the influence laws

25 September 2014

Cyclists are flouting laws banning them from cycling under the influence of alcohol on a massive scale, researcher Dick de Waard at Groningen University have found. The figures could show why 10% of cycle accidents take place between midnight and dawn, even though only 2.4% of the total distance travelled by bike is late at night.

The research took place over two Thursday and two Saturday nights. 89% of cyclists asked to take a breathalyser while on a late night out in Groningen and The Hague were found to have been drinking, the researchers told the Volkskrant. Of the cyclists tested between 01.00 and 03.00 hours, 68% had drunk more than the legal limit (BAC 0.5 pro mille).



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