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Egypt Launches Random Drug Testing Campaign for School Bus Drivers

October 5, 2015
Relatives of students and members of the public look at the wreckage of a school bus after it crashed in Damanhur November 5, 2014. Credit: Reuters

Random drug testing has been conducted on school bus drivers since Thursday, and will continue until the end of the school year. The tests, which are part of a nationwide governmental campaign, aim to reduce accidents caused by driving under the influence. Following the death of 11 students in 2014 in an accident that was caused by a truck driver who was under the influence of hashish, governmental authorities have put in effect a harsher legislation for driving under the influence. Under the new law, drivers who test positive for driving under the influence face up to three years in prison in case of casualties. According to traffic officials and members of the Anti-Addiction Fund, drivers who test positive for driving while intoxicated have three possible tracks to take, either seek treatment, quit their jobs or face imprisonment, the Cairo Post reported. Authorities stated that there was a heavy decline in the number of drivers testing positive for drug use to 13 percent compared to the number before adopting the law, which was 30 percent. However, the number of drivers testing positive for driving under the influence increased to 18 percent…

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