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Drug driving reaches record level in Finland

Driving under the influence of drugs has tripled over the past decade, according to Lännen Media.

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Police said drug drivers most often tested positive for amphetamines. Image: Matias Väänänen / Yle

Last year was the first time that police intercepted nearly as many people for driving under the influence of drugs as alcohol, reports regional newsgroup Lännen Media.

Preliminary police figures indicate that in 2020 officers stopped some 9,600 drunk drivers and 11,000 motorists for driving under the influence of drugs. Of these 11,000 some 9,300 were high on drugs while the rest were impaired by both alcohol and drugs.

Drugged driving increased by a third in 2020 over the previous year while drunk driving decreased slightly during the same period.

Driving under the influence of drugs has tripled in the past ten years. In 2010, more than 85 percent of impaired drivers were solely driving under the influence of alcohol.

Police said drugged drivers were most often under the influence of amphetamines and cannabis.

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