MORE than one in ten drivers on Spanish roads are intoxicated, according to official data.
A Department of Transport (DGT) survey, involving 3,000 drivers across the country, found that 8.8% of drivers had been taking drugs, particularly cannabis, while 4.1% were over the alcohol limit.
Toxicology reports show 43% of those killed on Spanish roads this year had taken drugs or been drinking alcohol.
The DGT also insists that traffic fatalities – which numbered nearly 2,000 in 2012 – could be halved if people drove only when sober.
Boss Maria Segui explained that while Spain has accepted the ‘don’t drink and drive’ concept, the country has failed to realise it also applies to drugs.
She also blames the state and age of cars for an alarming rise in road deaths this year.
She said that many of the 396 fatalities this year – four times more than last year – were due to the average Spanish car being 12-years old.