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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • That's actually standard fare in Germany. In fact it will happen as soon as the second time you are caught driving drunk if you're more than slightly tipsy. Just about every non-trivial offense counts towards a score system, and if you violate too many rules in too short order, you license is revoked. There are also temporary revocations issued for some cases of severe offense which do not warrant a permanent revocation yet. After permanent revocation you can go to driver's ed again and get a new license exactly once. If your license is revoked a second time, you are banned from driving vehicles for life. Offenses are also punished harder if you are on your second license.

    Overall, it works beautifully as a deterrent. A lot of people depend on their license to be able to get to work and back; the prospect of having it revoked even temporarily is pretty scary.

    And by and large the judges are fair; the few cases of double standards that have become known caused quite an uproar. The judge stand to lose a lot themselves if that happens.