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Drugs in traffic – Dutch motorists swallow and sniff something

Drinking behind the wheel is not allowed. But driving on the road with drugs in your system is also not allowed. And yet it is increasingly common for Dutch motorists to drive stoned or high. In 2017, the police caught more than 1800 people. Last year more than six times as many!

The police don’t keep track of which drug someone has used, but that doesn’t matter for the story either. Driving under the influence is simply not allowed. And yet an increasing number of people do. In 2017, the police caught 1,843 people with drugs in their system. Last year there were no fewer than 13,147, an increase of 613 percent.

Risks of drugs in traffic

Different drugs carry different risks. Cannabis makes your reaction time a lot lower, for example. And speed and cocaine make you overconfident, resulting in faster and more reckless driving. According to the police, the combination of speed or cocaine and alcohol is especially life-threatening. The chance of an accident is very high.

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