More people driving on drugs
30 Mar 2005, 20:34
Published: 30 Mar 2005 20:34 GMT+02:00
The Alcohol Abstinence Driving Association has carried out a study of the policy of zero tolerance of drug use and driving, which was brought in to force by the government in 1999. Since the law changed the number of reports of people driving while under the influence of drugs has increased significantly. In 2001 there were only 3,776 cases of people driving while on drugs. In 2003 this figure increased to 5,485.
The Alcohol Abstinence Driving Association believes that checks on drugs are very limited, in contrast to frequent checks on drivers' blood alcohol levels. This is due to the fact that the police are not allowed to check drivers for drugs unless they a strong grounds for suspicion. It is believed that the general increase of drug use means there are more drivers using drugs.
Up to 70 per cent of "drug driving" cases were investigated and solved in the same year as they were reported to the police. Amphetamine and hash are the most "common drugs", followed by anxiety suppressants, according to DN. Driving while on drugs is often connected to regular abuse of drugs and other criminal acts, the paper reported.
Sources: Dagens Nyheter