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The Civil Guard investigates the driver of a 40-ton articulated vehicle for quintupling the permitted alcohol level (23/06/2020)

| On the RM-423 highway (Cobatillas - Collares Sale) Fortuna | He left the road, overturned and another truck that was driving straight ahead could not avoid him and collided with him. Part of the 30 tons of lemons he was transporting, from a farm in Santomera to Fortuna, were scattered on the road The alleged authorship of a crime against road safety is attributed to him, for exceeding by far the maximum permitted alcohol rate The Civil Guard of the Region of Murcia has investigated the driver of a 40-ton articulated vehicle who, after suffering an accident due to departure from the track on the RM-423 road, the municipal area of ??Fortuna, was subjected to the alcoholic detection test , exceeding five times the maximum permitted alcohol rate.

The alleged authorship of a crime against road safety is attributed to him. The action began when the Traffic Operations Center (COTA) of the Traffic Sector of the Civil Guard of the Murcia Region received notice of a traffic accident that occurred on the RM-423 road, which connects Cobatillas with Venta Collares, Fortuna municipal district, in which two large tonnage articulated vehicles were involved.

Part of the load of one of them, in addition, had spread on the road, so that the traffic was interrupted. A motorcycle patrol and a team of Traffic Department of the Traffic Sector / Subsector of Murcia immediately went to the scene of the accident to provide the necessary assistance, restore interrupted circulation and carry out the corresponding investigations. The civil guards found that it was the exit of the road on the right side of the trailer of an articulated vehicle, 40 tons of maximum authorized mass (MMA), loaded with lemons, whose driver, when making a wrong maneuver to reinstate him to The road overturned on its left side, in the lane of the opposite direction, being collided by a truck that was driving in that lane. As a result of this, considerable material damage occurred in the two trucks, when the trailer overturned on the road, the second truck went off the road and entered an adjacent orchard.

The load of lemons transported by the first one was scattered on the road and in an adjoining farm. Benemérita specialists detected that the driver and sole occupant of the vehicle transporting the citrus appeared to be in no condition to drive, due to a possible intake of some type of substance incompatible with driving. Exceeded five times the maximum BAC The 44-year-old male truck driver from Spain and a resident of Santomera underwent the mandatory breathalyser tests, which yielded a positive result of 0.67 and 0.64 milligrams of alcohol per liter of exhaled air, in both regulatory tests that they were practiced, thus quintupling the maximum permitted rate, which in the case of professional drivers is 0.15 mg / liter. Under these circumstances, the driver, who had loaded about 30,000 kg.

of lemons on a farm in Santomera destined for Fortuna, he was investigated as an alleged perpetrator of a crime against road safety, for driving under the influence of alcoholic beverages, by far exceeding the established rates, being placed at the disposal of the Investigating Court of Cieza. As a result of the accident, the Civil Guard was regulating traffic and taking an alternative step in both directions of circulation, while two large tonnage cranes carried out the rescue work on the vehicles. The road maintenance and maintenance services of the Autonomous Community of the Region of Murcia, owner of the affected road, cleaned the affected area and the company responsible for the transport removed and transferred the spilled cargo to another truck. Circulation could be restored four hours after the accident occurred. The crime of driving under the influence of alcoholic beverages, with rates higher than 0.60 milligrams / liter, is included in article 379 of the Penal Code and can be alternatively punished with prison terms of 3 to 6 months, a fine of 6 to 12 months, or works for the benefit of the community from 31 to 90 days and in any case with deprivation of the right to drive motor vehicles and mopeds for a period of more than 1 and up to 4 years. The Civil Guard continues reiterating its message to those drivers who recklessly and recklessly, despite the campaigns and warnings of the General Directorate of Traffic, drive after having drunk or taken drugs, recalling that, without prejudice to the systematic conduct of ordinary or special preventive controls, the mandatory alcohol and drug tests will be carried out on drivers who are denounced for the commission of infractions, involvement in accidents or those others in which their consumption is detected in the course of other surveillance and inspection activities that are carried out. These actions are intended to raise public awareness of the incompatibility of these substances with driving, given the decrease in reflexes and capabilities that they entail for the control of vehicles, and thus guarantee road safety on our roads, avoiding this form, the production of traffic accidents and the serious consequences, which, as in this case, could have led. On the other hand, the Civil Guard of the Region of Murcia wants to appeal to the civic conscience of the population so that they notify the telephone 062 (Civil Guard) or 112 (Emergencies) or directly on duty patrols, when they encounter situations abnormal or irregular maneuvers that lead to think that drivers do it under the influence of drugs or alcohol, in order to be able to adopt the appropriate police measures so that these vehicles are intercepted and checked if their drivers are in the right conditions to circulate with security guarantees, avoiding the consequent risk. Records of previous cases During 2019, the Traffic Group of the Civil Guard of the Region of Murcia recorded the following episodes of drivers of large vehicles and tonnage destined for the transport of goods, for driving under the influence of alcohol: January 5, 2019.

The driver of a 40-ton articulated vehicle at kilometer 78,000 of the N-344 road (Almería-Valencia by Yecla), Jumilla municipality, which sextupled the permitted blood alcohol rate, was arrested. February 2, 2019.

Investigated the driver of a 40-ton articulated vehicle at kilometer 631,000 of the N-340 highway (Cádiz-Barcelona), municipality of Alhama de Murcia, which quintupled the permitted blood alcohol rate. February 23, 2019.

The driver of a 40-ton articulated vehicle detained at kilometer 2,300 of the RM-F25 highway (Lo Tárraga Lo Romero), the municipal district of San Pedro del Pinatar, which sextupled the permitted blood alcohol rate, was arrested.

. October 6, 2019.

The driver of a 40-ton articulated vehicle arrested at kilometer 19,000 of the RM-714 highway (Jumilla Caravaca de la Cruz), Jumilla municipal term, which quintupled the permitted blood alcohol rate. December 10, 2019.

The driver of a 40-ton articulated vehicle was detained in the port area of ??the Dársena de Escombreras-Cartagena, in the municipality of Jumilla, which increased the permitted alcohol level by seven times.

Source: Ministerio del Interior

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