DUI possible when operating E-scooters

Public Affairs Office
U.S. Army Garrison Stuttgart

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E-scooters are classified as motorized vehicles in Germany and riders can be held accountable for riding under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Under German law, a blood alcohol level of 0.05 percent is considered driving under the influence. This is the equivalent roughly of two small beers for an average-sized person. For drivers with less than two years’ experience, for those under the age of 21, and commercial drivers (taxi-drivers, bus drivers etc.) the limit is zero.

Possible punishments one can face for using an E-Scooter under the influence of alcohol are as follows: for a first offense and where the blood-alcohol level was around 0.05 percent, a person may face a driving suspension of one month, a fine, and 2 points on their driving license. However, if the blood alcohol level is over 0.1 and the reckless driving causes an accident or injury, much higher sanctions are likely.