The new ethyloborne enabling motorists in Luxembourg to test their alcohol levels
Photo: Sécurité Routière
Luxembourg road safety campaigners Sécurité Routière has launched two novel ways to combat drink driving in the grand duchy: the wine bag and ethyloborne.
The first is a simple scheme: you order a bottle of wine in a restaurant with your meal but have to drive afterwards. Preferring not to leave an unfinished bottle, some customers may be tempted to empty it in one sitting. The wine bag, pictured below, will be made available to restaurant customers at a price of €1, enabling them to take home their unfinished bottle of wine.
The ethyloborne is a bit more techy—these stations were designed to be installed in cafés, restaurants, hotels and bars so that customers can test whether they have exceeded the threshold for alcohol in their blood.
“A number of establishments who are committed to the fight against drink driving have already installed such stations. It is planned to expand the project in other areas such as company canteens, public event venues and cultural centres,” Sécurité Routière said in a press release published on Thursday (pdf), adding: “Beyond the purely practical aspect, the stations serve to remind customers that drinking and driving, even when consuming a small amount of alcohol, are not compatible.”
Drink driving was one of the main causes of road deaths in Luxembourg in 2017, having been linked to 17% of all deaths and a fifth of all serious injuries. In 2017, Luxembourg Police confiscated 1,517 driving licences for drink driving. The drink driving limit in Luxembourg is 0.5% of alcohol in the blood, according to the ACL.