Road accidents in Cyprus seem to be the lethal combination of mixing drugs and speeding with citizens also refusing to abide by calls for no alcohol consumption before driving.
This is what Philenews reported on Wednesday citing traffic police insiders who also said the problem of drug use and driving is getting worse and worse.
In fact, police officers detect and report on a monthly basis over 100 drivers who are behind the wheel after taking drugs.
Up until May 31 this year, 520 drivers were reported after a narco-test.
Tests for drug use by drivers are targeted and not carried out as widely as the breathalyzer due to their high cost.
Traffic police members are trained and capable enough to understand from the way a driver behaves whether he is likely to be under the influence of substances or not.
Data from Traffic Police shows that:
—In 2021, 703 drivers who had used drugs before or while driving were reported, while in terms of alcohol, 27,953 checks were made and resulted in 2,311 complaints.
—In 2020, 43,376 alcohol tests were performed and 3,911 drivers were reported.
—In 2019, a total of 80,644 inspections were carried out with 7,188 drivers reported.
In 2020 and 2021 inspections were reduced due to the pandemic and lockdown restrictions