Drug Screening Has Caught 170,000 Drivers and Reduced Numbers of Licenses

In addition to a fine, those caught have their license immediately suspended.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Mandatory since 2016, the toxicological test on bus, vans and truck drivers has already detected 170,000 drivers throughout Brazil who were regular drug users. Almost half of them drove public transport vehicles; the predominant drug (67 percent of them)was cocaine. The data are part of a SOS Estradas study, focused on accident reduction and road safety.

Those in charge of the program advocate the maintenance of the rule that establishes compulsory testing. This is included in the final draft of the Traffic Law passed by Congress and now awaiting President Jair Bolsonaro's approval . . .

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