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Graz police announce crack down on drunk cycling

Graz police announce crack down on drunk cycling

63% of all road accidents in Graz, that result in injury or death involve cyclists, Source: Depositphotos Here is what you need to know about…

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63% of all road accidents in Graz, that result in injury or death involve cyclists, Source: Depositphotos Here is what you need to know about cycling laws in Austria

Today, the Graz cycling police reported on the infraction rates of cyclists in the city. The officers have registered 600 fines and over 1,800 violations since they were deployed on 1 May. Because many of the offences had to do with drunk cycling, the local police department announced more focused checks for the future.

According to their statement, people deliberately chose to ride a bike instead of a motor vehicle, when they planned on drinking . Graz Police Chief Thomas Heiland was quoted by the ORF, the National Austrian Broadcasting Network, explaining that 63% of traffic accidents with injury or death in the city involved cyclists.

While the police did not provide specific data on how many of those involved alcohol, Mr Heiland emphasised that the total number of accidents could go even higher thanks to people’s newfound drinking and cycling habits.

This has sparked a discussion on what cycling laws should be in force in Austria as citizens view drunk cycling as more permissible than driving a car under the influence.

The average speed of an amateur cyclist hovers around 30 kilometres, according to measurements taken during Tour de France. This means that, quite often, cyclists are the ones who are at risk, considering that most cities lack a comprehensive cycling infrastructure and people are forced to compete with cars for road space. […]

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