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Drink and drugs an increasing factor in road deaths

ACCORDING to figures released by the national Directorate General of Traffic (DGT), alcohol is present in one of every three fatal accidents in the Murcia region.

The publication of this data is being followed up by a series of drink and drug driving controls being under taken by the DGT until this Sunday.  They expect to carry out around 5,000 tests on the main roadways in the region in collaboration with the local police in Alguazas, Archena, Beniel, Bullas, Cartagena, Jumilla, Librilla, Mula, Puerto Lumbreras, San Javier, Santomera, and Torre Pacheco.

According to a spokesperson for the Murcia regional government, during the weekends so far this year, the traffic division of the Guardia Civil has carried out 190,300 alcohol breath tests with 3,000 positive results…only 1.5 per cent of the total.

When it comes to checking on the presence of drugs, the figures are much higher.  During the same time scale, a total of 3,000 tests were carried out and 40 per cent of those returned a positive reading…a total of 1,200.

At the same time, according to data from the Institute of Legal Medicine for the Murcia region, of those killed in road traffic accidents throughout 2016, 12 per cent had traces of drugs in their body and 18 per cent alcohol in the blood.

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