We knew that drunk driving was becoming an ever more serious offense here in Shanghai (perhaps to curb the national statistic that 2x of us drive drunk compared to the rest of China), but did you know that being caught could get you deported if you’re a foreigner?
Long the punishment for overenthusiastic activism (especially around sensitive time periods), it seems that now you could be kicked out of China for imbibing way too much before your commute home. A European named Peter, who had been working for three years at an upscale hotel, was caught after he crashed his motorcycle into a sidewalk. He is the first foreigner ever in China to get deported for drunk driving.
From Shanghai Daily:
Traffic police said he could hardly talk when he was questioned at the scene. A blood alcohol test later proved he was over the legal limit, which is 0.2 percent.
The man was also fined 2,000 yuan (US$294.51) and his driving license was suspended for six months. It will be difficult for him to return to China should he decide to apply for a visa in future.
The administration said they understand that people are likely to have a drink at night in the summer, but warned foreigners not to drive after consuming alcohol as they could face similar punishment.
Pretty harsh considering it was a motorcycle and the only person he injured was himself! But, I’m sure we all personally know quite a few people who chug a few before skipping onto their scooters – let this be a lesson to them. How lame will it be when you tell people you can’t ever go back to China because the police caught you teetering on your bike?