Are passengers in a car allowed to drink alcohol in Switzerland? I mean when my wife will be driving, can I have some beer?
What why? Can you just answer?!
Yes, you are allowed to, if the driver's blood alcohol concentration is below 0.05%. However, if you ride along with somebody who drives and the driver's blood alcohol concentration is over 0.05%, you will be charged as well, even if you are sober, since you are also responsible that he/she drove in that condition.
Gibot - a please might go a long way when you are asking folks for their time.
the Police here have the right to stop a car and check alcohol levels, without the need for another reason. And having an open drink in a car is also not legal. So if I were you, I would (a) only have one glass of wine or beer in the day (24hrs) so you stay under the limit no matter who drives and (b) never consume alcohol in a car.
Finally I totally agree wtih KM. People answering questions on these Forums go to a lot of trouble on others behalf. MartinP looked up the law and gave you correct info. Saying please and thank you costs nothing...
You say "And having an open drink in a car is also not legal." and "MartinP looked up the law and gave you correct info"
and MartinP said "Yes, you are allowed to,"... Don't see any logic....
and Thank you for you time :)
btw, o.o5 (legal limit) for my weight it's 2 bottle of beer, every hour it got reduce by 0.01.... so about 1 beer in 24 hours is a little exaggerated....
and again I was asking only about passenger drinking beer in the car
I've never heard of any limitation of passengers, except if it's about not letting the driver do the job. I would be surprised if it's forbidden that passengers drink a beer.
I don't see a problem if a passenger drinks a beer, but I don't think it's a good idea if the driver drinks any alcohol in a country he doesn't know and is not used to driving condition. But that's just a personal opinion.
Here's a chance to learn about the culture in the place you have chosen to visit.
People in Switzerland prefer to sit down at a cafe, or road-side stop which has a view, enjoy their beverage and then continue on their journey. This applies to everyone, not just those who are driving.
We who have driven the flat, mind-numbingly boring 401, might understand why you ask about drinking in the car; but driving in Switzerland involves mountain roads, tunnels, a 120 kph posted speed limit, speed cameras, aggressive drivers and great views and requires concentration. It's possible you will need to switch drivers more frequently than usual.
Hope you have a great trip to Switzerland.
If you need a beer so badly that you can't ride from one point to another without one, the Swiss Rail system is extremely good and you are allowed to drink on the trains. Seems a simple solution and one that avoids any possibility of getting into trouble unless, of course, you become drunk and disorderly.