SPANISH NEWS: Driver drug and booze checks stepped up in run up to Christmas

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THE General Directorate of Traffic is stepping up drug and alcohol checks on drivers across Spain in the run up to Christmas.

The DGT said it will be carrying out 25,000 tests a day between today Monday and next Sunday December 15, coinciding with a big week for Festive Season lunches and dinners.

Drivers are being pulled over on all kinds of roads and at all hours.

The authority has also invited local councils in areas with more than 25,000 inhabitants to take part in the initiative and to carry out driver checks in urban areas.

In the last campaign, 346 local authorities participated, carrying out more than 50,000 drug and alcohol tests.

The DGT said the aim is to raise awareness about the risks of getting behind the wheel under the effects of booze or drugs.

According to the DGT the consumption of alcohol and drugs are risk factors responsible for one in three fatal traffic accidents on Spanish roads.

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Cathy Elelman

Cathy Elelman is the local writer for the Costa de Almeria edition of the Euro Weekly News.

Based in Mojacar for the last 21 years, Cathy is very much part of the local community and is always well and truly up on all the latest news and events going on in this region of Spain.

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