Wednesday, 25 July 2012

In a single week, 56% of drug tests on drivers were positive

90 per cent were for cannabis or cocaine
SPAIN (Agencies) The Guardia Civil Traffic Division carried out a nationwide campaign against drug driving during the week of July 9 to 15.  Of the 232,000 roadside controls carried out in one week, 2,400 were positive, representing about 1%. In addition, 101 tests were carried out on drivers "showing signs of driving under the influence of drugs," according to the Minister of the Interior, Jorge Fernández Díaz. The objective, said the Minister, was to get anyone driving under the influence of drugs "off the road." He went on to praise the "clinical eye" of the agents that detected such drivers without these having committed any infraction and but had passed a breathalyser. Fernández Díaz added that so far this year, some 2,259 drug driving tests have been carried out and the number will continue to increase as testing spreads throughout the country, particularly over the summer, concentrating on coastal roads during the season.

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