55% OF LAGOS COMMERCIAL BUS DRIVERS USE HARD DRUG-REPORT

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A survey conducted by Lagos State Ministry of Health has revealed that not less than 55 percent of commercial bus drivers plying Lagos routes drive under the influence of hard drug.

This revelation was contained in a report made available to newsmen following a survey conducted in December 2014 during which 801 bus drivers were tested for hard drugs, and 442 of them tested positive for cocaine, marijuana, morphine, opiate, ketamine among others.

The report also reveals that several bus drivers in the commercial nerve centre, tested positive for alcohol while behind the wheels.

The tests were carried out in Mosafejo, Mushin and Oshodi/Obalende motor parks in December 2014.

The 442 drivers who tested positive for hard drug represents 55 percent of the total number of drivers tested and showed an increased intake of hard drugs by drivers while conveying passengers on Lagos routes.

According to the report, “The number of drivers that tested positive for using hard drugs while driving in 2014 is far higher than the same number discovered when a similar test was conducted in 2013. In 2013, out of the 434 bus drivers tested for hard drugs, 74 of them were found to be driving under the influence of cocaine, marijuana and the rest.”

Also, in 2012, of the 820 drivers screened for hard drug intake, 215 of them tested positive.

The test conducted in three motor parks in December 2014 showed that of the 929 drivers screened, 202 of them tested positive for taking alcohol while driving.

In 2013, of the 440 commercial bus drivers tested for alcohol intake, 226 of them tested positive, representing 51 percent, while in 2012, of the 885 drivers tested, 215 of them were under the influence of alcohol while driving.

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