73 per cent of stopped Altea drivers test positive for drugs

ALTEA have uncovered a serious drug-driving problem. Implementation of drug controls operated by the local police in the municipality has highlighted the issue.

In the last two months, 73 per cent of those stopped and tested had some kind of toxic substance in their body.

All offenders were male, of which 18 were driving a car and one other a motorcycle. Another relevant fact is the type of drug detected. Of the 19 positive results, eight used cannabis, and a further eight tested positive for cocaine, while others had a mixture of drugs in their system.

The aim of the controls is to reduce traffic accidents in the municipality and improve road safety. Drug drivers will be charged the same as drink drivers, and will receive a 1,000 euros penalty in addition to having six points deducted from their licence and their vehicle confiscated on the spot.

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