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Drinking and driving

The legal limit for driving in the Netherlands is 0.5 grams per liter of blood. This applies to driving a motor vehicle as well as cycling on a bike (although it is rarely enforced while on a bike unless one is a danger to oneself or others). If a breath test for alcohol proves positive, you must accompany the police to the police station, where you must blow into a breathalyzer. If the result is positive, you will receive a summons and a driving ban for 24 hours. The results of breathalyzers are accepted as evidence in court. The penalty for drunken driving depends on the level of alcohol in the blood.

Some drugs can have the same effect as alcohol. Check the label on medication if you are planning to drive.