By Euro Weekly News Media • 09 May 2015 • 22:05
A TOTAL of 39 per cent of drivers who lost their lives in traffic accidents during the past year gave a positive result in alcohol, drugs or psychotropic substances.The data, provided by the National Toxicology Institute, shows that the percentage has been falling, producing the lowest percentage since 2010, and four points lower than the figure for 2014 (43.9 per cent).Most of the victims who die in traffic accidents are men of ages ranging between 30 and 50 years old, while the average profile of those who die after being run over is also male, of around 60 years old, who has consumed alcohol or psychotropic substances (39.8 per cent).The data was collected from the toxicological blood tests performed on 865 victims (614 drivers, 173 pedestrians and 78 passengers).Out of the drivers, 240 gave positive results in alcohol consumption (67 per cent), drugs (34.17 per cent) and psychotropic substances (27.5 per cent).Eight out of 10 drivers who died on the road were exceeding the legal alcohol limit of 1.2 grams per litre of blood, while 53.6 per cent of pedestrians were intoxicated at the time of the accident.Half of the drivers who died who gave a positive result for drugs had consumed cocaine and 46.34 per cent had taken cannabis.
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