Switzerland cracks down on drunk driving

More than 45,000 people are killed every year on European roads Keystone Archive

Switzerland and other European nations have participated in a prevention campaign against drinking and driving.

This content was published on November 4, 2001 - 22:24

Alcohol tests, which were carried out throughout Europe during the weekend, revealed that three times more Swiss drive under the influence compared with their European counterparts. This represents 58 drunk drivers out of 2352 people tested in Switzerland and Lichtenstein.

More than 2700 policemen tested 49,000 drivers across Europe. The figures, based on results from five countries, show that 449 people were drunk at the wheel, or 0.9 per cent. Switzerland's average, in contrast, was 2.5 per cent.

The campaign, which was aimed at preventing road accidents, was set up by the European Traffic Police Network, or Tispol.

More than 45,000 people are killed in road accidents and 1.6 million injured every year on the continent.

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