News Local 75% of drivers stopped for drugs test positive

75% of drivers stopped for drugs test positive

Three out of four drivers stopped for a drug test by police in the past nine months have tested positive, Phileleftheros reported on Wednesday,

It said that in the period  January 25, when drug tests were introduced, to October 16, a total of 454 drivers were tested for drugs.

Of these 313 tested positive while 12 refused to give a saliva sample, and were therefore considered to have tested positive.

Paphos had the biggest number of drivers caught under the influence of drugs: 99 were tested of whom 83 tested positive.

Limassol was a closed second. Of the 84 drivers tested, 71 tested positive while one refused to undergo the test.

Nicosia traffic police stopped 85 drivers of whom 43 tested positive while two refused to give a saliva sample.

In Larnaca, of the 65 drivers tested, 27 were positive while in the Famagusta district, 34 drivers were stopped with 25 testing positive. In Morphou district, eight of 21 drivers tested positive while five refused to give  sample.

Finally, traffic police from HQ tested 66 drivers, mainly on the highways, of whom 56 were positive and four refused to undergo the test.

Phileleftheros said that Paphos’ high figures are attributed to the fact that tests are more targeted because  it is a small town, but also because it has a a large number of drug users.

All samples are sent to the State Lab for final tests. Drivers who test positive are taken to the police station and prohibited from driving.

The drugs detected by the State Lab are mainly cannabis, cocaine and meth, the paper concluded.

Top Stories

Alcohol consumption among Cypriot students high

Alcohol consumption among students has been reduced, the Cyprus National Addictions Authority ascertained on the basis of a European research, conducted every four years....

Earthquake measuring 5.4 felt all over Cyprus

According to first information from EMSC an earthquake measuring 5.4 on the Richter scale occurred around 16:30 and was felt all over Cyprus. Due to...

UK hits 5m vaccine doses as health minister defends scheduling change

British health minister Matt Hancock on Thursday (January 21) lamented another record daily number of COVID-19 deaths, but hailed the achievements of the UK's...

Increase of rapid tests to general population, workers

The number of antigen rapid tests conducted all over Cyprus will increase with tests taking place among the staff of private companies, industries, banks,...

Moody’s: Bank of Cyprus in better position to deal with COVID downturn due to new bad loan portfolio sale

Moody’s rating agency says that the new sale of a bad loan portfolio by the Bank of Cyprus, puts the bank in a better...

Taste

Squash soup

Ingredients: 1 kg pumpkin, cut into small cubes, approximately 5 cups 2 medium (400g) sweet potatoes, cut into cubes, approximately 2 ½ cups 1 chopped leek, only...

Mezedes

No visit to Cyprus is complete without enjoying the traditional meal of many small dishes known as ‘meze’. This large feast, which has been a...

Prawns with fried cheese, barley shaped pasta

Put the barley shaped pasta into a small pan with salted water, bring to a boil and when tender, drain. Peal the prawns leaving...

Salmon and shrimp sheftalies

Mix all ingredients for tabbouli in a bowl and keep to one side so flavours can combine. Prepare the sheftalies: wash and soak the casing...