Bulgarian traffic police caught 336 motorists drink-driving in just a week, as the country took part in an EU-wide operation against driving after consuming alcohol or drugs.
From June 1 to 6, traffic police checked 15 199 motorists as part of the European Network of Traffic Police, Tispol’s, annual operation directed against drink-driving and being behind the wheel after using narcotics.
One motorist was found driving after using drugs, Bulgaria’s Interior Ministry said.
The largest number of drink-driving cases was in the Black Sea city of Varna, 43, followed by Bourgas, 35, and Plovdiv, 21. The lowest number was in Sofia – just one.
In a similar operation in Bulgaria between December 8 and 14 2014, traffic police found 109 motorists over the legal blood-alcohol limit and six driving after having used drugs. In that operation, 10 457 motorists were checked.
In the June 2015 operation, 454 cars were found to lack compulsory liability insurance, against 124 last December.
The June operation also found eight cases of possession of illegal drugs, 53 illegal immigrants, five people who were the subject of a nationwide search order and what the Interior Ministry described as 45 “other criminal activities”.
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