Sweden: Drugged drivers more often reported than drunk

The police has reported more cases of driving while under the influence of illegal drugs than cases of drunk driving in 2014, Radio Sweden reports.

According to statistics from the National Council for Crime Prevention there were 4,280 police reports of drivers under the influence of drugs during the first four months of this year, news agency TT reports. That is eight percent more than the number of drunk drivers, totalling 3,974 reports.

However, the statistics probably do not reflect the actual situation on the road, according to Bengt Svensson, at the National Police Board. The boosted numbers are more likely due to the fact that local police recognize and keep an eye on known drug users.

“It is very likely that a lot of people are reported a number of times, which is not the case with alcohol,” Svensson told TT.

Source: Radio Sweden