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In Germany, a student has been banned from riding bicycles, skateboards or any other unlicensed vehicles for 15 YEARS. All because he was caught “drunk-riding” after going to a party in June 2008. His alcohol blood level was 3 times the legal limit. Even drunk drivers don’t get banned for that long! I think drink drivers should definitely be made an example of, but most only get 1 or 2 years ban, and usually a nice little fine to go with. But 15 years, for riding a bike is a bit excessive. Don’t get me wrong, I’m totally against drink-driving – you’d never catch me driving my Ford Fiesta in Mid Sussex whilst drunk, but I do think the punishment should fit the crime.

He was initially fined €500, which he paid. But he was then ordered by the drivers’ licensing bureau to undergo a medical and psychological exam which would have cost another €500 – quite a lot for a student to have to pay out. So he ignored the letter, as he had no plans to apply for a driver’s license.

"(hic!) I'm ok, don't worry, I'm (hic!) fine"

He then received a letter telling him he was “no longer entitled to ride any leg-powered vehicle on public streets for fifteen years.” And if he wants to ride a bike before 2024, he must pay €25 each time. Slightly over the top, no? There isn’t a restriction, however, on him riding a horse, although he’s said he probably won’t be able to ride one as he’s allergic to horse hair – oh dear! Some people don’t have any luck do they?