HGV drivers on drugs
By Nuria Pérez A TOTAL of 20 lorry drivers under the influence of drugs were arrested on motorways in Murcia region in 48 hours.
The two-day campaign to target drugged drivers was carried out by the Guardia Civil on Thursday and Friday, when they stopped a total of 235 HGVs. Tests showed that 12 of them had consumed cannabis, six had consumed cocaine and one had consumed both cannabis and cocaine.
One of the men detained was driving a 40-tonne lorry full of propane gas from Almería to Torres de Cotillas under the influence of cocaine.
The drivers were fined €1,000, had six points deducted from their licences and the lorries were immobilised until a relacement driver from their company arrived.
During the campaign another 48 drivers were fined because they had not adhered to the compulsory rest regime which HGV drivers have to follow.
The Guardia Civil noted that the campaign had been launched due to recent accidents involving drugged lorry drivers and the increasing number of drivers who have tested positive at random checkpoints.
Guardia Civil traffic officers carried out an intensive two-day campaign