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Road deaths from driving under influence of drugs almost doubled in recent years

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Driving under the influence of drugs was one of the five most common causes of traffic collisions and between 2007 – 2011, accounting for 3.8 per cent of fatal collisions.

This figure almost doubled between 2011 and 2015,  reaching 6.56 per cent, according to data from the NGO Reaction.
It’s head, Marios Stavrou, said that approximately three fatal road traffic collisions every year were caused by drivers on drugs. He said there had been an alarming increase.

“We are paying the price for the last 10 years on the issue of driving under the influence of drugs and we have not yet managed to put in place any deterrent policy and legislation on this very serious issue,” he said.

Stavrou called on the relevant ministers and government agencies to move more quickly on the issue of introducing the narcotest.

“Dozens of countries have already successfully implemented legislative framework to halt and prevent the problem. The study of the statistics shows it’s time to move on this,” he said.

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