The DGT (General Directorate of Traffic) has launched a campaign that is running until December 12. The aim of the DGT campaign is to stop drivers from driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
During this period, there will be over 20,000 checks carried out as this is a time when people are attending Christmas lunches and celebrations. Checkpoints will be country-wide at all times of the day or night as well as on all types of roads.
According to the DGT, half of the deceased drivers who were autopsied tested positive for alcohol or drugs. Also, alcohol or drug use was a factor in 27% of fatal accidents last year.
Furthermore, in 2020, alcohol remained the second most concurrent factor in fatal traffic accidents.
Data collated by the DGT shows that alcohol continues to be the substance most consumed by deceased drivers. This is followed by cocaine, cannabis, and psychotropic drugs. Over the last 10 years, drug use while driving has increased by almost 10%.
Those caught will be subject to a fine of up to €1,000 and up to 6 points removed from the license. However, depending on the level of alcohol in the blood, it could be considered a crime against road safety. If so, some offenders could even face between 3 and 6 months in prison as well as a fine of 6 – 12 months, community service of between 1 and 3 months. Also, the driver could receive a 4-year driving ban. This would be the same for those who are stopped and test positive while driving under the influence of toxic drugs, narcotics, or psychotropic substances.
If the driver refuses to submit to the tests, he risks being punished with a prison sentence of six to 12 months and not being able to drive for four years.
As always, the best way to avoid being fined is not to take the risk in the first place. Also as previously reported, it is important not to notify of checkpoints on social media. You could unwittingly be advising someone who later is involved in an accident, or worse.
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