CAIRO: A total of 76 out of 1,386 school bus drivers tested for drug abuse have tested positive since a campaign kicked off in October, Amr el-Desouky, head of the Central Department for Education, told Youm7 Monday.
The campaign is being carried out at private schools in six governorates aiming to reduce road accidents caused by driving under the influence (DUI.)
The results showed the drivers abused hashish, heroin and Tramadol.
The screening will witness a temporary halt when the second phase of the elections kicks off in Egypt Nov. 22.
The campaign is currently operating at 60 private schools in Cairo, Giza, Qalubiya, Sharqia, Alexandria and Dakahlia governorates.
The campaign plans to test a total of 4,000 drivers at 600 schools during this academic year 2015/2016. Last year, 7 percent of 1,400 school bus drivers tested positive for drugs.
A 2014 crash in which 11 students burned to death is believed to have triggered the government’s attention to monitor the road after the crash involved a truck driver who tested positive for hashish. The government’s escalation aims to reduce road accidents caused by driving under the influence (DUI.)