Seminar on drugs and driving
In Spain, 12% of drivers admit to having driven while under the effect of some kind of drug. And in some European countries it is estimated that around 8% of drivers killed in traffic accidents had consumed drugs.
To address this problem, new laws are being developed and implemented in Europe and, by harnessing advances in new technologies, new application strategies are being designed. A more integrated approach is also being assisted by improvements in detection tests combined with stricter legislation and rehabilitation courses.
Against this background, the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) and Fundación MAPFRE organized a seminar on Drugs and Driving, that took place in Madrid on 17 May.
During the day-long event, experts from Spain and the rest of Europe shared their experiences on the implementation of Drugs and Driving laws and took part in a debate opened up to the whole audience so that, together with experts, politicians and specialists from the private sector, they could come up with suggestions on how to deal with this problem in Spain.
In the Seminar took part:
- Julio Domingo Souto, managing director of Fundación MAPFRE.
- Antonio Avenoso, executive director of the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC).
- Gregorio Serrano, director general of the Traffic Department, Ministry of the Interior.
- Frank Mütze of the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC).
- Verena Zimmermann, Securertec.
- Eduardo Mayoral, ALSA.
- Sjoerd Houwing, CBR.
- Kim Wolff, King´s College, London.
- Jesus Monclús, director of the Fundación MAPFRE Area for Accident Prevention and Road Safety.
- Juan Carlos González Luque, deputy assistant director of Research and Intervention at the Directorate-General for Traffic (DGT).
- Mario Jesús Sanz, prosecutor attached to the Road Safety Court , Ministry of Justice.
- Eulalia Alemany, technical director of the Help for Drug Addiction Foundation (FAD).
- Nuria Guisandez, doctor of Biomedical Sciences and a specialist and expert on alcohol, drugs and driving. Complutense University of Madrid.
- Bartolomé Vargas, prosecutor at the Road Safety Court, Ministry of Justice.
- Prevention and Road Safety