CAIRO: Random drug-tests of school bus drivers in Egypt will resume Dec.20 after a temporary halt observed for the parliamentary elections, Youm7 reported Friday.
The screening was launched by the government for the second consecutive year in October. On Dec.20, the campaign enters its last week during the first study semester at schools; it will be applied in Port Said and Beheira governorates, Youm7 quoted an official source from the Education Ministry.
It has taken place in some six governorates, including Cairo, Alexandria, Dakahlia, Giza, Sharqia and Qalubiya. In November, it announced it had tested 700 drivers, 60 of whom tested positive for hashish, heroin and tramadol.
This year, the campaign plans to test a total of 4,000 drivers at 600 schools during this academic year 2015/2016. In 2014, 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.
A 2014 survey revealed that 24 percent of Egyptian drivers are driving under the influence of drugs. During the same year, the government escalated its measure to limit the phenomenon by harshening penalties up to jail.
Additional reporting by Mahmoud Taha