This week Slovakia’s roads will be littered with police officers as they launch a week of checking chiefly drivers under the influence throughout Europe, with cyclists and pedestrians no exception.
The annual pan-European event called Tispol will see an increased number of spot checks on the roads, especially at hazard points that are prone to accidents. Speeding will also be a target of the officers.
One piece of advice, though, if you think your alcohol reading is wrong, ask to blow again. Recently, I was stopped by police who measures 0.35 on their breathaliser, which is well over the limit as if I had been drinking spirits and would mean loss of licence. As I hadn’t been drinking, I asked to blow again, this time getting a reading of 0.02, forcing the embarrassed police to let me go.
It makes one wonder, though, how many people have been unjustly punished for excessive alcohol, as the readings of the breathalisers are not reliable if the devices are not calibrated at regular intervals.