One in five found driving under the influence of drugs

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A large-scale police operation carried out on Friday night reveals that one in five motorists was driving under the influence of drugs.

9 June 2008

THE NETHERLANDS - A large-scale police operation in the east of the Netherlands found that one in five motorists was driving under the influence of drugs.

During the operation, held on Friday night, police only tested drivers who had visited a coffeeshop where customers can buy and smoke marijuana.

The Dutch Forensic Institute says research has shown that using drugs severely impairs a person's ability to drive. According to the institute, smoking one cannabis 'joint' equals a blood-alcohol level of 0.11 percent, which is more than twice the legal driving limit of 0.05 percent.

Police took blood and urine samples from 55 people. Those found to have exceeded the limit had their driving licences revoked and may face prosecution.

[Radio Netherlands / Expatica]

2 Comments To This Article

  • aaron posted:

    on 12th June 2008, 04:44:44 - Reply

    absolute nonsense..... The same tests done on bar patrons would show a higher percentage of offenders. These alcohol offenders would be several more times a risk than a cannabis user....

    The correlation between .11 BAlcohol level is a manufactured lie, and one that is new to the Holland Mind-set....

    The Netherlands is starting to look foolish, with all this right-leaning propaganda. In fact, it looks like the good 'ol You-Ess-Ay...! yuk.
  • Hempsci posted:

    on 10th June 2008, 08:31:13 - Reply

    If the police did the same for bars then they would also say that 1 in 5 drivers were drunk. But the plain truth is that one joint does not equal the amount of Cannabis to have your blood alcohol level at .11%. That would require drinking 6 shots of hard liquor or six beers, and that is more then equivalent to 1 joint.
    Recent studies also confirm alcohol is more dangerous then Cannabis for drivers. This is bad science.