Germany isn’t that fond of drinking and riding it seems. What are the alternatives? Maybe get in a car? Holy cow. This is crazy.
Christoper Felix Hahn, a student at the theater science in Gießen located in Germany was just banned from cycling for 15 years, which also includes riding a skateboard or any other unlicensed vehicle. So you might wonder what this young man did to have such a harsh punishment, well he was caught riding his bike drunk. It is a crime in the United States and throughout the world to ride a bike drunk, but being banned from riding a bike for 15 years is extreme. After leaving a party early in the mourning in June 2008, he was confronted by local police who administered a breathalyzer, and he was three times the legal limit (Hahn’s blood alcohol level was 0.171%, the legal limit in Germany is 0.05%). He then paid a $700 fine, and had to wait for his record to clear before receiving a drivers license, but he thought the ordeal was over.
Christopher received a letter that he must submit a medical and psychological examination, but since he knew he could not receive a drivers license the letter was ignored, plus the steep €500 was a bit out of reach for a student. Due to no action on the letter he received, he was then forbid from using any license free vehicle on the streets, which includes any type of bike. The has to be served for a mandatory of 15 years before lifted. Pretty harsh, it goes to show how strict other parts of the world are.