Norwegian government wants to harmonize penalties for drunk driving and driving under the influence of amphetamines

Police controlPhoto: Håkon Mosvold Larsen / NTB
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A proposal to introduce the same penalty for driving under the influence of amphetamines as is the case for drink-driving will be sent for consultation.

“Drunk driving is one of the main causes of serious traffic accidents, and amphetamines have been among the worst of the substances found in the blood of drivers,” Minister of Transport Knut Arild Hareide noted in a press release.

“Therefore, we now want fixed limits for sentencing corresponding to 0.5 and 1.2 per mille for amphetamines,” Hareide added.

The proposal is based on a report from a group led by Oslo University Hospital. The consultation deadline is September 30.

“The introduction of fixed limits would increase traffic safety, contribute to equal treatment, and streamline legal proceedings,” Hareide pointed out.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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