All license points withdrawn for driving under the influence of narcotics? This is the measure proposed by the Minister of the Interior Gérald Darmanin, a week after the accident caused by the humorist Pierre Palmade who had consumed cocaine.
“I propose the withdrawal of the twelve points from the driving license for anyone who drives while using drugs”, declared the minister to the Sunday newspaper, specifying that “the loss of the license is automatic only in repeat today”.
Currently, driving under the use of narcotics is punishable by the loss of six points. Additional penalties may also lead to a suspension of the permit for a maximum of three years and a cancellation of the permit with a maximum of three years of prohibition from applying for a new permit.
Gérald Darmanin also wants “to make a medical visit compulsory for any proven drug user so that he is authorized to drive if he is taking treatment”. Based on the proposal of associations, he also says he is working “with Éric Dupond-Moretti to rename fatal accidents due to drugs and alcohol as ‘road homicide'”.
About “600 people die each year in drug-related road accidents,” adds Gérald Darmanin in this interview with JDD.
A total of 800,000 “drug” roadside checks took place in 2022, “double the previous years”. “I gave the instruction to make a million this year”, he says again, assuring that “16% of controls for the use of narcotics while driving turned out to be positive against 3% of those concerning alcohol “.
Pierre Palmade indicted
Pierre Palmade tested positive for cocaine following a road accident which, in addition to the actor, left three seriously injured – a man, his son and his pregnant sister-in-law who lost her baby – occupants of the car hit by the actor on February 10 in Seine-et-Marne.
Pierre Palmade was indicted Friday for homicide and involuntary injuries and assigned to the hospital with an electronic bracelet.
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