DGT are intensifying police stop checks this weekend with fines up to 1,000 euros
The General Directorate of Traffic (DGT) have been reinforcing roadblocks and stop checks across the islands since last Wednesday with random tests for drivers under the influence of alcohol or drugs. In recent weeks there have been several accidents on Canarian roads resulting in numerous deaths, in which the drivers responsible for the accident have tested positive for these substances.
Testing positive for alcohol and drugs can result in a fine of 1,000 euros for offenders, and during this weekend the campaign will be stepped up because people make a greater number of trips and go out more socially.
During the presentation of this campaign, which runs until Tuesday (June 22nd), the deputy director of National Road Safety, Paula Márquez, stressed that after the end of the restrictions, “it seems that people are going out eager to make up for lost time, and we are seeing that there is an increase in consumption of alcohol and drugs among drivers.”
Márquez said that no comparison can be made with last year, due to the limitations imposed against mobility, but compared to 2019 an increase in accidents and deaths has been observed in recent weekends, both on urban and interurban roads.