Saturday, June 22, 2013

Obelix Scooters Sauced

Good news: Depardieu rides a scooter
Bad news: Drunk

BBC is reporting French/Belgian/Russian bad boy fell off his scooter in November 2012.
"A Paris court has fined French film star Gerard Depardieu 4,000 euros (£3,423; $5,294) and suspended his driving licence for drink-driving."

Currently filming in Russia, he did not appear in front of the judge at his June 21 hearing, so he was sentenced in absentia. He could face two years in prison, but prosecutors did not request heavier sentencing.

What does this have to do with Taiwan, you ask. Taiwan just had its drunk driving laws/penalties stiffened, so discussion of fines and suspensions allows for an international comparison.

Deapardieu's blood alcohol level was three times higher than the legal limit, which is 0.05% BAC. That would have put him at about 0.15. Taiwan's BAC limit is 0.03%, equal to the limit in Japan, most of India, and a few other nations. In the US, it's 0.08% for drivers 21 years and above, but 0.01% for drivers with commercial licenses.

Reading through Wikipedia on blood alcohol levels, I found this shocking citation.
In 2004, an unidentified Taiwanese woman died of alcohol intoxication after immersion for twelve hours in a bathtub filled with 40% ethanol. Her blood alcohol content was 1.35%. It was believed that she had immersed herself as a response to the SARS epidemic.
Clearly, scooter riders can two lessons from all of this. Don't drive drunk, and don't immerse yourself in ethanol.