CAIRO: Random drug-tests of school bus drivers will resume Sunday in Port Said and Beheira governorates after a temporary halt during parliamentary elections, Youm7 reported.
“The tests are carried out on school bus drivers to make sure they do not abuse drugs, per last year’s instructions from the Cabinet to protect children from accidents,” head of the Anti-Addiction Fund Amr Othman told Youm7.
The fund, which belongs to the Ministry of Solidarity, is one of several state bodies regulating the campaign combating driving under the influence (DUI.)
The screening was launched by the government for the second consecutive year in October. It has been carried out 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 the 2015/2016 academic year. In 2014, seven 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 road safety after the crash involved a truck driver who tested positive for hashish.
A 2014 survey revealed that 24 percent of Egyptian drivers drive under the influence of drugs. During the same year, the government escalated its measures to curb the phenomenon by harshening penalties up to jail.