Brits watching the Euros in Germany warned of huge fine if driving

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Brits are being warned they could land huge fines while driving in Germany during the Euros. Hundreds of thousands of England and Scotland fans are set to travel to Germany for the football tournament.

But tourists could land a financial penalty if they are stopped driving in a dangerous condition during June and July. National laws were changed in April which saw cannabis legalised in Germany.

But there is a limit of 3.5 nanograms of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) per millilitre of blood. Anyone found breaking the laws faces a hefty €500 (£422) fine, alongside a one-month driving ban.

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A further €1,000 (£845) penalty could be handed out to anyone who drinks alcohol while under the influence of cannabis, GB News reports. A spokesperson for Gelsenkirchen Police, where England played their first game against Serbia, said Brit need to be sensible before driving in Germany.

Stephan Knipp said: "It’s no problem for fans to smoke cannabis on the street. If we see a group of people drinking alcohol and looking a bit aggressive, and another group smoking cannabis, of course we’ll look at the group drinking alcohol.

"Drinking alcohol can make someone more aggressive, and smoking cannabis puts people in a chill mood. We want to prevent violence and keep people safe.

"Our focus will be on fans who are drinking and potentially getting violent — that’s why we in place safety precautions on alcohol," he told the Sun. Any recently qualified British drivers who passed their test within the last two years are also banned from consuming any cannabis at all.

According to Stefanie Iwersen-Bergman, head of toxicology at the University Medical Centre Hamburg-Eppendorf, people would have between 10 and 150 nanograms of THC per millimetre immediately after smoking one joint. Under the new rules - passed on April 1 - adults in Germany are allowed to carry up to 25 grams of cannabis, with no more than 50 grams stored at home in addition to a maximum of three plants.