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Russian drink-driver given 106-year ban

Ban of epic proportions given to drink-drive repeat offender.

Being caught driving under the influence carries with it some serious consequences, including a hefty fine and potentially a bit of time in the slammer. But that’s nothing compared with the driving ban given to one Russian driver.

The unnamed motorist was travelling in the remote city of Perm in Russia when he was pulled over by police after they spotted him driving erratically through a checkpoint. Such was his level of inebriation, police never bothered with a sobriety test.

Because the driver had been caught drink-driving on numerous occasions, to the point where his licence had been suspended in the past, he was given a staggering 106-year driving ban. In short, he will never drive again unless he appeals or lives to a record-breaking age.

Drink-driving is obviously a big no-no, but critics have argued the ban is excessive. “Such a huge term is not just because this is the sum of all driving license suspension rulings ever issued to such a driver,” local traffic police spokesman Vladimir Vasenin told Russian news agency ITAR-TASS.

Regional traffic police head Oleg Churkin said at a press conference: “There are some people whose licenses have been suspended for 100, 102 years, for 106, i.e. the person’s driving license suspended for life for [driving under the influence]. What would stop him from getting behind the wheel while drunk? Before that there was at least something he was afraid of.”

Driving bans of epic proportions are more common in the area than you might think. Ten people in the region have suspensions of between 80 and 102 years, according to reports.

Being caught drink-driving in Russia carries a fine of 30,000 rubles (about £523), but that and the hefty bans seemingly do little to help the cause because a whopping 40 to 70 drivers are stopped in the Perm area every day.

A Russian driver is declared drunk if he or she is found to have 0.16 milligrammes or more of alcohol per litre of air blown. Originally the country operated a zero-tolerance police but president Vladimir Putin changed the law in June 2013.

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