She sees opportunities in other areas of road safety, such as assessing older people’s driving ability. Besides regular medical check-ups for seniors, Pivrncová thinks suitable ways of regularly improving skills and knowledge, or psychological evaluations for drivers, could be considered.
In the Czech Republic and elsewhere, such as Slovakia and Hungary, there is zero tolerance of drink-driving. In contrast, Germany, Belgium, France, Italy, Croatia, Holland and Switzerland tolerate 0.05% blood alcohol content, while the UK and Ireland allow for 0.08% BAC. There has long been talk about doing away with zero tolerance, but Pivrncová is strongly opposed to this. “Our drivers would abuse it. And anyway, I think any amount of alcohol is a risk to safety.”