Russian drink-driver banned for 106 years


A car driver is drinking beer while he is driving through a tunnel

A Russian motorist has seen his driving career prematurely ended after he was handed a 106-year ban for drink-driving.

Traffic officers in the remote Ural mountain city of Perm stopped the man after observing him driving erratically through a police checkpoint. He was reportedly so drunk that officers did not need to conduct a sobriety test.

They discovered the driver was a repeat offender, who had had his licence suspended due to drink-driving on numerous occasions in the past.

While some may find a lifetime ban for drink-driving harsh, the Russian authorities are standing by their decision.

Traffic police spokesman Vladimir Vasenin said: "Such a huge term is not just-because, this is the sum of all driving license suspension rulings ever issued to such a driver," reported

Currently there are around ten drivers in the region who are serving hefty bans, ranging from 80-102 years, due to being repeatedly caught drink driving.

"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 DUI. What would stop him from getting behind the wheel while drunk? Before that there was at least something he was afraid of," said head of regional traffic police, Oleg Churkin, at a press conference.

A staggering 40-70 drink-drivers are currently stopped in the Perm area every single day, with increased fines of 30,000 rubles (£539) seemingly not having any effect in deterring drivers.

Drivers subjected to lengthy bans do have the right to appeal for shorter terms, but police say this has so far never happened, with drivers simply selling their cars and resigning themselves to a life on public transport.

Russia previously had a zero-tolerance policy to drink-driving, but this was lifted by President Vladimir Putin in June 2013 and replaced with a 0.16mg alcohol breath limit.