Drug Driving

Scotland to introduce road-side saliva tests for drug driving

Scotland to introduce road-side saliva tests for drug driving

Drug-driving limits and roadside testing will be introduced in Scotland, the Scottish Government has announced. It is illegal to drive in Scotland while impaired by drugs and this offence will continue to operate, but the Scottish Government plans to introduce new drug-driving limits that will allow prosecutions where different drug types above specified levels are detected. This should mean it is easier to hold drug-drivers to account as there will be no requirement to prove that someone was driving in an impaired manner. England […]

17 November 2017 – Regulating Drug Driving to Protect all Road Users, Vienna

17 November 2017 – Regulating Drug Driving to Protect all Road Users, Vienna

17 November 2017, 09:00-13:00 Austrian Ministry of Transport, Innovation and Technology (bmvit) Radetzkystraße 2, 1030 Vienna, Austria The European Transport Safety Council (ETSC), the Austrian Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology (BMVIT) and the Austrian Road Safety Board (KFV) have the pleasure of inviting you to a seminar on drug driving on 17 November in Vienna, Austria. Knowledge of the road safety toll from driving under the influence of psychoactive drugs is growing. In Austria, 7% of drivers have admitted to have driven […]

8 March 2017 – Preventing Drug Driving in Europe, European Parliament, Brussels

8 March 2017 – Preventing Drug Driving in Europe, European Parliament, Brussels

Lunch debate, Members’ Salon, European Parliament, 8 March 2017, 12:30 – 14:00 This event was kindly hosted by Dieter-Lebrecht Koch MEP. The knowledge of the road safety toll from driving under the influence of psychoactive drugs is growing. The prevalence of illicit drugs amongst killed drivers has been estimated at around 8% in some European countries including Spain and Sweden. New ways of tackling drug driving are being developed and implemented across Europe. New enforcement strategies and improved detection technologies, combined with more effective penalties […]

Governments urged to step up fight against drug driving

Governments urged to step up fight against drug driving

Increased levels of enforcement, specialist rehabilitation programmes and more investment in research and data collection are needed to tackle drug driving in Europe according to the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC), authors of a new report. 500 people a week die on European roads; 26,000 annually. Drug driving is responsible for a significant share of deaths. Psychoactive drugs are detected in around 15% of killed and seriously injured drivers. Between 3 and 16% of drivers say they have driven under the influence of drugs […]

Preventing Drug Driving in Europe

Preventing Drug Driving in Europe

Driving under the influence of psychoactive drugs leads to deaths and serious injuries on Europe’s roads. Both illicit and licit drugs can disrupt the psychological state of the driver and impair their driving performance. Using multiple drugs simultaneously, or in conjunction with alcohol, increases the risk of a collision even further. Drug driving remains significantly less well understood than drink driving. It is only in recent years that knowledge of drug driving has begun to improve, with large scale studies such as the DRUID […]

France and Ireland step up roadside drug testing

France and Ireland step up roadside drug testing

France and Ireland are increasing their use of road-side saliva testing technology in a bid to boost enforcement of drug driving. France previously required police to accompany drivers to a clinical blood test if they were suspected of drug driving based on a saliva test.  Following a trial to determine the accuracy of roadside testing equipment the blood test will now be replaced by a second saliva test.  Both of the samples taken will still need to be verified at a laboratory, but the […]

60% of Spanish young people admit to riding in a car with a drink driver

60% of Spanish young people admit to riding in a car with a drink driver

A report by the Spanish Foundation for Help Against Drug Addiction (FAD) and the Mapfre Foundation has concluded that in the previous six months nearly 64% of people aged between 16 and 30 had travelled in a car driven by someone who had drunk “substantial” alcohol. 32% said the same with regard to travelling with drivers who had consumed marijuana. The study concludes that the highest risk group of youngsters is male with more than five years of driving experience. However, Maria Segui, head […]

Luxembourg toughens up penalty point system

Luxembourg toughens up penalty point system

Drivers caught speeding in Luxembourg will face tougher penalties from 1 June when a revised driving license points system comes into force. Speeders will have four or six points deducted, up from two or four points today. For the first time, drivers caught using a phone or tablet while driving, tail gating or ignoring one way signs will also lose two points on their license. Drink and drug drivers will also see in an increase in the penalty from four to six points. Political […]

Drug-driving rules come into effect in England and Wales as Denmark extends rehabilitation programme

Drug-driving rules come into effect in England and Wales as Denmark extends rehabilitation programme

New rules aimed at stopping people driving while on drugs came into force in England and Wales last month. Police will be able to use “drugalyser” devices at the roadside with drivers facing prosecution if they exceed limits set for the presence of eight illegal drugs, including cannabis and cocaine, and eight prescription drugs. The new rules supplement an existing law, under which it is illegal to drive when impaired by any drug. Drug drivers face a fine of up to £5,000, up to […]

Fitness to Drive

Fitness to Drive

Driving is a demanding task and the risk of crash is high when individuals are not physically or mentally fit to drive. This is especially true when looking at work related driving, since conditions such as work related stress or sleepiness resulting from driving long hours come to play a role. This report looks into Fitness to Drive in the work-related context. The first part looks at Workplace Health Promotion (WHP). Improving the health and well-being of employees is of paramount importance for employers […]

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