More drivers killed after taking cocaine, alcohol
12 December 2005, MADRID — The number of drivers killed in road accidents after taking cocaine and alcohol has risen, according to the latest figures.
12 December 2005
MADRID — The number of drivers killed in road accidents after taking cocaine and alcohol has risen, according to the latest figures.
Now five percent of those involved in fatal traffic accidents had taken a combination of both drugs, according to figures released by the Spanish National Toxicology Institute.
The number has been rising steadily in recent years.
Spain now has the highest level of cocaine use in Europe, with five percent of adults aged between 15 and 34 admitting they had used cocaine. Out of the 25 European Union countries, only the UK equals this figure.
The statistics came after 98 people were killed on the roads during the week-long 'puente' or long public holiday between 2-11 December when many people chose to travel by car for a short holiday, taking advantage of two public holidays during the week.
The death toll was eight higher than last year.
The biggest cause of these fatal accidents was speeding. At least 45 percent of fatal crashes were blamed on excessive speeding, said Federico Fernández, deputy director of the National Traffic Authority.
A third of those were killed because they were not wearing a seat-belt.
In the run-up to Christmas, there is to be a huge anti-drink and drive campaign with authorities promising to stop and breathalyse 200,000 drivers.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news