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Drivers warned over drug-taking 

Spain has reiterated its “zero tolerance” attitude towards drivers who are under the influence of drink or drugs.

Government ministers say police controls will continue to be stepped up and citizens have a responsibility to ensure they do not get behind the wheel in such circumstances or allow others to do so.

The warning follows revelations that more and more drivers are being tested positive for drugs. Officers have been carrying out random checks, including in the Canary Islands, wherein motorists are required to provide a saliva sample. If this indicates the presence of drugs, they will be taken to a police station and required to give another test.

The Directorate General of Traffic has expressed great concern at the number of positive tests, both with drugs and alcohol.

So far in 2014, more than 10,0000 drug tests have been carried out, twice as many as last year.