CAIRO: A truck driver will undergo a drug-test after he was accused of involvement in the killing of 12 construction workers in a road accident in Safaga city, Red Sea, Youm7 reported Tuesday.
On Sunday, a truck collided with a mini truck carrying 12 road and bridge construction workers on Safaga-Sohag Road, killing all the workers.
Truck driver Nazeeh first fled the scene of the accident, and then reportedly turned himself in to Safaga Police Station, where he was ordered detention for four days pending investigations.
The government has orchestrated random drug screening of drivers on the streets and highways since 2014 and harshened the penalty imposed on those caught under the influence. A national survey in the same year showed that around 24 percent of Egyptian drivers perform their work under the influence of drugs.
Since ever, the tests have been in full swing across the country, and accordingly dozens of drivers were arrested after testing positive to drugs mostly: Tramadol, Hashish and Heroin.
In parallel, the campaign has been conducted on school bus drivers. The government’s attention to monitor abusing drug while driving is believed to have been triggered by a 2014 crash, in which 11 students burned to death and an involved truck driver tested positive for hashish.
About 1,500 school bus drivers were tested in the first semester of the academic year 2015/2016, 6.6 percent of whom tested positive to drugs, head of the Anti-Addiction Fund Amr Othman previously stated.
The country, which is one of 10 states enrolled in a UN program to halve road deaths by 2020, has been monitoring road safety measures on other levels, including building new roads and applying maintenance to dilapidated bridges.