HGV driv­ers on drugs

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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

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