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441 Commercial Drivers in Lagos State Test Positive to Hard Drugs “Especially Cocaine & Marijuana” – State Commissioner for Health

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The Lagos state government has released results of a recent drug test conducted on 2,500 commercial drivers in the state which is sure to make one wary of entering such commercial vehicles.

As part of the effort to curb drunk-driving, the state government said it had administered breath analyzer on 2,500 commercial drivers in the state, to check their blood alcoholic content. It also signed a Memorandum of Understanding, (MoU) with an international liquour brewer, to sensitize the public on the negative effect of drunk-driving.

The state Commissioner for Health Dr. Jide Idris, yesterday revealed the results of the test. He said at least 441 commercial drivers in the state tested positive to cannabis also known as marijuana and cocaine in the screening recently conducted on 2,500 of them. The drivers were also screened on substances abuse, hypertension, diabetes and vision impairment.

So far, we have screened 2002 drivers with the following results obtained: 781 were found to be driving under the influence of alcohol; 601 were found to be hypertensive, and 441 were positive to psychotropic drugs, especially cocaine and marijuana.

Also, 940 were screened for visual impairment and 13 per cent had to to be given special glasses,” Vanguard quoted him as saying.

He said the exercise was conducted at Alaagba Motor Park, Iyana-Ipaja between September 4 to 12, 2012, and Under Bridge Motor Park between September 18 to 19, 2012.

Idris noted that the state government had no option than to invoke section 21, subsection 1 of the state traffic law which prescribes a conviction fine of N100,000 or two years imprisonment or both on the offenders.

Considering the unruly way most commercial bus drivers drive in Lagos, this test result comes as no surprise. However, the question now is what is the solution? With 781 of them driving under the influence of alcohol and 441 testing positive to cocaine and marijuana, it presents a bleak picture for the public transportation system in Lagos state and a risk to themselves and the passengers who ride in their vehicles.

Adeola Adeyemo is a graduate of Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from University of Lagos. However, her passion is writing and she worked as a reporter with NEXT Newspaper. She believes that anything can be written about; anything can be a story depending on the angle it is seen from and the writer's imagination. When she is not writing news or feature articles, she slips into her fantasies and creates interesting fiction pieces. She blogs at www.deolascope.blogspot.com

14 Comments

  1. Kamal

    September 26, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    Lobatan!

  2. tito

    September 26, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    this is so pathetic….. hmmm!

  3. brianna

    September 26, 2012 at 12:53 pm

    Gaddamn

  4. zionbabe says...

    September 26, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    gud and fine the test result are out!!! how well wud be the implementation of penalty to offenders??? *God’s watching all these govt pple ooo*

  5. creamy

    September 26, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    the drive like mad men anyway,God contnue to protect us on our roads.

  6. dordor

    September 26, 2012 at 1:50 pm

    What do u xpect -when they have 99 percent of them drive like tey are on a death toll.

  7. nems

    September 26, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    I really commend the Lagos state government for doing these tests, wish all other states will follow suit especailly Rivers State.
    http://www.anemistyle.blogspot.com

  8. doyin

    September 26, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    toor me speechless o aw on earth….this is so pathetic……naija for show

  9. NNEKA

    September 26, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    I am not suprised. The question now is “what’s the solution to this discovery?”

  10. simdamsel

    September 26, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    Matters arising Hmmmmmmm , wats d next line of action 4 dis discoveries?????

  11. konnie

    September 26, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    You are probably financially challenged, yet you manage to develop habits and addictions your can’t afford. I guess all those traffickers have developed local outlets and users.
    A shame really

  12. MsSexy

    September 26, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    This s a simple thing to do, if someone tests positive to marijuana, issue them electronic cards to carry wt them while driving, on d card t wl be A-allowed to drive, B -can only drive during d day C- permanently banned from driving , D- send to jail if found behind any steering

    Simple as ABC

  13. BB

    September 26, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    I am not surprised at all.

  14. Lulu

    September 27, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah LMHO

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