There is no technology in town to control drugged drivers

Although the use of narcotics is not currently criminalized, the Road Traffic Act makes it clear: “It is forbidden to drive a vehicle with a physical or mental disability that has consumed narcotics or drugs that impair driving ability without the appropriate special permit”.

It is obvious that, given the “sale and/or commercialization” that some people are making, the controls would have to carry out operations and, moreover, drug detection equipment would have to be purchased.

In this way, an existing gray point would be resolved when performing operations. It is known that drug use exists and at present no prevention can be carried out in Bariloche to detect a driver who has consumed narcotics and affects road safety, bearing in mind that the regulations in force change at the time of driving and these conditions may be due to alcohol or drug use.

Alcohol checks are carried out regularly in San Carlos de Bariloche. Drunk drivers are investigated every week, but nothing is known about those who drive after using narcotics, as local authorities do not have the equipment to detect this latter type of use.

Although Bariloche adheres to the national traffic law, checks are not carried out when driving for drug use. From the inspection and transit area of ​​\u200b\u200bthe municipality, they indicated that these controls are not carried out due to a lack of equipment.

The narcotests available on the market detect all kinds of drugs that can alter the normal driving conditions of drivers of different types of vehicles, but local authorities know that these are expensive devices and for that reason they have not been purchased yet.

There are devices in the country that work with a cartridge that is placed before each analysis. They have a nozzle in the form of a swab that is placed in the rider’s mouth and once it has sated the need for saliva that it needs to have to perform a correct test, it turns blue and is then inserted into the device which detects various narcotics the driver may have.

traffic regulations

Traffic Law 24.449, introduced in 1994, states in article 48 that: a) it is forbidden to drive with physical or mental disabilities without the appropriate special permit if they have consumed narcotics or medicines that impair driving ability … and in article 72 es is indicated: the inspecting or enforcing authority shall with immediate notification of the enforcing authority withhold: a) Drivers if: 1) they are caught red-handed intoxicated with alcohol, narcotics or any other substance that impairs the normal psychophysical state , or, otherwise, if any of the conditions previously listed are assumed to be present at the time of storage, evidence of a medical or approved device accrediting that condition will be required for the time necessary to restore normal condition.

The problem is not insignificant in Bariloche, as driving under the influence of alcohol or narcotics puts the person driving and others at risk, with the risk of death and/or serious injury.

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