Narco-test law for car drivers to be voted next week

After five years of discussions the law which gives the power to the police to test car drivers for driving under the influence of narcotic substances (the narco-test) will reach the parliament for voting next Thursday. Under the new legislation any driver who is found driving under the influence for illegal drugs can face up to 3 years in prison, 3500 euro fine, deprivation of his driver’s license for up to 3 years and/or 3 to 6 penalty points on his driver’s license.
Drivers who are suspected to be under the influence will be required to give a saliva sample which will pass a preliminary analysis and if found positive will have to give a second sample for a more thorough lab test. If a driver refuses to give a sample he will be liable with the same punishment as if his drug test was found positive. Money gathered up from the collected fines will be deposited in a special fund for rehabilitation of drug addicts.