Traffic safety

More drivers on drugs than influenced by alcohol

Driving under the influence of illegal drugs is now more common than driving under the influence of alcohol in many of Sweden’s biggest municipalities, news agency TT reports.

In the southern cities of Malmö and Helsingborg for example the number of people caught driving while influenced by drugs has increased significantly in the past year.

In total the number of reported cases has gone from 297 in 2000 to 12 555 in 2010, according to new figures.

However, according to police commissioner Bengt Svensson this is not necessarily an increase in actual cases but rather a result of increased police activity focusing on this type of crime.

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