by Adam Easton
Ministers in Poland are considering changing the country’s law on drunk cycling. More than 200,000 people have been given prison sentences since the law was adopted 12 years ago. (…)
The alcohol limit for both cycling and driving is low, just one beer and you can be over it. Most offenders on bicycles are usually fined and banned from cycling. If you can’t pay, or break the ban even while sober, you’ll probably end up in prison.
Pawel Moczydlowski, former head of the Polish Prison Service:
“This is a crazy policy and we have overcrowded prisons. For me it’s not possible to accept this law because the people who are drunk and they are on the bicycle usually they are alcoholic. These people are sick and the reaction should be to treat these people, not to punish these people.”
After reading the text, think of the questions below and write an answer to ONE of them (5-10 sentences):
1. If you can make law, what changes would you introduce in the Polish cycling law?
2. Do you know any person who has been imprisoned? Can you write something about that person (e.g. why she / he was sentenced, how many months / years she / he was imprisoned, where)?
3. Make your own sentences with the words written in bold.