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Police clamp down on reckless drivers, drugs (Updated)

Police on Friday said they have caught two people driving with narcotics in their blood since the introduction of the narcotest on Thursday.

One driver is from Nicosia, while the other is a 25-year-old man from Limassol, the police said in a statement, adding that they tested six people in total.

The 25-year-old, police said, had refused to stop for a check and officers had to chase him and immobilise his vehicle.

The incident occurred on Friday on the Limassol to Platres road. The narcotest given to the man came out positive and he was taken in for a second test, which was sent to the state lab. The man was also found to be driving without an MOT pass certificate and expired road tax.

If the initial narcotest is positive, officers collect a saliva sample to send to the state lab, which takes up to 15 days to reveal what drug the driver was under the influence of. The case then goes to court where drivers can face a penalty of up to €3,500 in fines and a three-year imprisonment. They also risk losing their driving licenses for a maximum of three years.

Police also said on Friday they charged over 650 individuals with reckless driving in one week in January during efforts to combat driving without free hands and not stopping at traffic lights.

The campaign from January 15-21 caught more than 500 people driving while talking on their mobiles and over 100 using the traffic lights improperly, according to a statement.

It added that this sort of reckless driving is one of the key reasons for road accidents and makes up between 10 and 30 per cent of all accidents in Europe.

 

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