On an evening in February 2022, a woman went to a bar in Zug for a drink. (icon picture)
The driver’s license can be gone so quickly – without even having driven! That’s exactly what happened to a woman (43) who spent the evening in February 2022 in a bar in Zug. She drank alcohol and finally the situation escalated, as reported by “Zentralplus”. She freaked out, screamed and started rampaging.
The operators did not know what to do and called the police. However, emergency services were unable to calm the woman down. The officers later wrote in the police report that she behaved “refractory and hysterical”. In the course of the evening, the lady first came to the Zug Cantonal Hospital. There the alcohol value was determined. The test showed 1.57 per mille. Meanwhile, the woman is said to have made suggestions that she wanted to take her own life. So she was admitted to a psychiatric hospital.
The 43-year-old slowly calmed down and was able to go home shortly afterwards. At that time, she no longer had a driver’s license. Because: The police had reported the operation to the Road Traffic Office. There it was decided: The driver’s license must be revoked. The incident showed that one must doubt whether the woman could drive a vehicle at all.
Woman claims she is not an alcoholic
At the time, the lady had not become conspicuous. She found that unfair and is now fighting the withdrawal of the driver’s license in front of the Zug administrative court. Of course, she shouldn’t have driven that evening with such an alcohol level, she said in court, as “Zentralplus” further reports. She knew that and that’s why she didn’t want to get behind the wheel that evening. And she made it clear that she was not an alcoholic.
The doubts at the road traffic office still remain, and the driver’s license is also confiscated. The guidelines of the Federal Roads Office state that in the case of a mental disorder, the fitness to drive must be clarified. However, this is also possible if the person shows “very aggressive and/or uncooperative behavior”. Regardless of whether this happens on the road or not.
And that is exactly what happened in this case. In addition, the road traffic office explains further that the woman received medication after her release to avoid further freak out. And taking it can affect your ability to drive. Important on this point: The lady should be addicted to tranquilizers.
It’s easy to lose a driver’s license
In the end, the Administrative Court followed the arguments of the Road Traffic Office. The woman does not get her driver’s license back – for the time being. You must first prove in a driving aptitude test that you can take part in road traffic. But maybe it’s faster. The court held out the prospect that, under certain circumstances, a report from her therapist could also suffice.
Losing your driver’s license without actually being behind the wheel is quicker in Switzerland than you might think. A fall, drunkenness on foot, a message, a package, even an anonymous tip can suffice: Anyone who is targeted because of suspected alcohol or drug consumption, mental or physical ailments (age!) without driving, quickly ends up with issues of Thousands of francs for expensive driving tests. (hey)