A DRUNK-DRIVER has been banned from driving for a year and four months after driving the wrong way on the AP7.
The woman, who must also now pay a €1,200 fine, was found to be almost double the drink-driving limit when was spotted driving dangerously at around 4am.
When police were finally able to stop the driver, she allegedly smelt of alcohol, was talkative and unsteady on her feet. Officers believe the woman reacted badly to the mixture of alcohol and a medication she had been taking, affecting her ability to drive.
In August, a bus driver was sanctioned after testing positive to alcohol and narcotics, endangering the lives of his 60 passengers.
The man, who police say they could not arrest because “because there were not sufficient symptoms for the commission of crime,” instead now faces an administrative penalty.
The driver’s passengers in Benalmadena were delayed after their driver was stopped and removed by the Guardia Civil following a routine drugs check.
The vehicle was travelling from Hinojosa del Duque in Cordoba to Benalmadena when police boarded the bus and tested its driver for alcohol and narcotics, with the man testing positive for marijuana use.
After the driver was removed by police, the bus and its passengers were stuck until around 11am when another driver, who tested negative for drink and drugs, could take over.
Police roadside checks have recently been stepped up on journeys with coastal destinations in an effort to ensure drivers are complying with the law and reduce accidents. A spokesperson for the Guardia Civil’s traffic department explained, “The dangerousness of accidents involving vehicles that transport people as it is the case that concerns us, as well as the social alarm generated by such accidents, advise to prioritize control over this type of transport.”
In August it was also revealed almost half of drivers in Malaga stopped on suspicion of drug driving test positive for having narcotics in their system, according to figures released by the Spanish Government.
Minister for the Interior, Juan Ignacio Zoido, has said the Government is now considering a series of measures to combat the rising problem. He explained one option being explored is referring drivers who commit two or more drink or drug offences in under two years to health professionals to determine whether they have an addiction problem before they regain their licence.