CAIRO: Some 36 drivers were arrested over driving under influence (DUI) during the past 24 hours as part of traffic police campaigns across governorates, according to a Monday statement published on the Facebook page of the Interior Ministry.
The statement reported 33,446 various violations have been seized during the same duration, including unlicensed vehicles.
The crackdowns aim to assure discipline to traffic on highways and in streets. They include random drug-tests, under which dozens of drivers tested positive for drugs, including: hashish, heroin and tramadol.
Some 1,833 drivers on Egypt’s high ways tested positive in screening campaigns administered in July and August in 2015.
An estimated 24 percent of Egyptian drivers perform their work under the influence of drugs, according to a 2014 national survey by the Anti-Addiction Fund.
The figure is believed to have declined since a tough amended traffic law entered into effect in 2014, sending those drugged while driving to jail.
The law passed following a November 2014 crash in which 17 students were burned to death; an involved truck driver tested positive for hashish.
In sync with traffic crackdowns, the government launched last year parallel drug-tests on school bus drivers.
Some drivers believe taking amphetamines helps them to stay awake on the road, a taxi driver said in a previous interview with The Cairo Post.
Egypt has recently amended its traffic laws in a move to reduce the increasing number of road crashes, which recorded 6,916 during the first half of 2015 compared to 6,685 in 2014. Around 14,000 were killed due to road accidents in 2014.
Other reform steps to monitor road safety include checking on car licenses and building new roads.
Egypt is one of 10 countries in the UN Road Safety project 2011-2020, which targets a 50 percent reduction to level of road traffic fatalities. The country was not officially present at a ministerial-level global conference that was held in Brasilia in November 2015, to discuss countries’ progress in road safety issue.