Russian police want to introduce ‘idiot test’ for drunk drivers

The police are looking into introducing additional medical checks for drunk drivers, including assessments by psychologists and doctors specializing in alcohol and drug abuse.

The police are looking into introducing additional medical checks for drunk drivers, including assessments by psychologists and doctors specializing in alcohol and drug abuse.

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Russia's traffic police reportedly are considering new options for assessing the intoxication levels of drivers, including best practices like the 'idiot test' from Germany.

Drunk drivers in Russia may soon have to take an on-the-spot quiz in order to prove they are fit to drive. The ‘idiot test’ is already a regular procedure in Germany, and is used in order to ascertain the level of intoxication of drivers who have been pulled over by the police. The quiz may soon be used in Russia alongside medical tests to prove whether a driver is sober or not, announced the deputy chief of the Traffic Police in the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Vladimir Kuzin, as RIA Novosti reports

In Germany, a points system is utilized, whereby drivers who have accumulated three or more points for traffic violations must to undergo a ‘Medizinische-Psychologische Untersuchung’ or, to put it more simply, an ‘Idiot Test.' A series of questions are used to test the subject’s reasoning powers and ability to apply logic, and although the questions may at first seem easy, such a test is not altogether so simple. The German test is intended for repeat offenders.

The system is different in Russia, where drivers are tracked by the number of offenses they have committed. Kuzin explained, however, that additional checks are already in place for drunk drivers. They have to retake a test to confirm their knowledge of traffic rules and the highway code, and have a medical examination. As Kuzin said on live radio Vesti.fm, “These measures are to a greater extent used for drivers who have been detained in a state of intoxication.” Kuzin did add that the police are looking into introducing additional medical checks for drunk drivers, including assessments by psychologists and doctors specializing in alcohol and drug abuse.

However, these plans are in no way formalized and are only a suggestion for the future; Kuzin said that the police are open to discussion.

Could you pass the ‘idiot test’ ? Try our examples below!

Here are a couple examples taken from the German Idiotentest. See how high you can score – but be careful, the answers are harder than you think!

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