Belgrade drug-driving seminar

Published Tue, 12/11/2019 - 12:22

On 6 November, in Belgrade, Serbia, the Seminar on Prevention and Control of Drugs in Traffic was held. The Seminar was organized by the Ministry of Interior of Serbia, the Road Traffic Safety Agency of Serbia and TISPOL. 24 participants from 16 countries, members of TISPOL, took part in the Seminar. There were also heads of Traffic Police Directorates from Serbia, as well as representatives of the Road Traffic Safety Agency.

General Police Director of Serbia, Vladimir Rebić, in his opening speech emphasized the significance of Serbian membership in TISPOL, comparing the state of road traffic safety nowadays and before Serbia joined TISPOL in 2009. He also pointed out that in majority of European countries the number of drivers under the influence of drugs has significantly increased and that the suppression of this phenomenon in the upcoming period will be of paramount importance for the Traffic Police in Serbia.

Director of the Road Traffic Safety Agency, Jasmina Milošević, expressed her satisfaction for being the involved organization of the seminar of such importance, also saying that cooperation of the Agency and the Ministry of Interior has always been on a great level, which had positive implications on road traffic safety.

TISPOL President, Volker Orben, said that approximately 25,000 people die on European roads each year, stressing the importance of prevention. "If you want to save lives, you have to invest your money in road collision prevention - this is my clear message to police officers in every country," Orben said.

He pointed out that a large number of people are killed on the roads due to the consumption of alcohol and drugs and that this seminar is a good opportunity to see how different parties solve such problems.

Participants of the Seminar had opportunity to share experiences and learn about different legal backgrounds when it comes to controls of drugs. The aim of TISPOL should remain to find the best possible procedures and equipment to reduce use of drugs by drivers.