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European traffic police call for fast action on drug-driving legislation

The European Traffic Police Network, TISPOL, is urging European governments to consider whether their drug-driving legislation is fit for purpose and, if necessary, to fast-track reforms to allow robust and effective enforcement.

The organization is worried that a lack of consistency in enforcement from one country to another – as well as outdated and cumbersome testing procedures in some countries – sends the wrong message to individuals who remain prepared to risk lives by driving after using drugs. The organization, which is part-financed by the European Commission, was established by the traffic police forces of Europe to improve road safety and law enforcement on the continent’s roads.

Left: TISPOL president, Roar Skjelbred Larsen

“Some countries have not faced the fact that there are far too many drug drivers on the road,” stated TISPOL president, Roar Skjelbred Larsen. “Both Belgium and Spain have recently introduced efficient screening systems based on saliva testing, which saves time and allows many more drivers to be controlled. We urge governments to learn from the good practice that is in place so that consistent, robust enforcement and wider random testing can provide the necessary back-up to drug-driving education programs. Identifying existing good practice and promoting consistent, robust enforcement of drug-driving offences and wider random testing is the best way forward.”

January 4, 2011

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