In an effort to protect tourist visitors to Bali and anticipate the danger posed by drug abuse, a special team comprised of narcotic officers from the Bali police and the anti-narcotics team (BNN) of Gianyar regency conducted urinalysis testing on some 50 tourist transport drivers stopping over at the Goa Gajah Temple, in Bedulu, near Ubud, Bali on Tuesday, August 12, 2014.
The surprise urinalysis testing of drivers commenced at 10:00 am with plain clothes officers inviting tourism transport drivers to a special testing area.
The head of BNN in Gianyar, Made Pastika, accompanied by the chief narcotics officer of the Gianyar police precinct, I Kadek Ardika, said the tests were needed to ensure that drug abuse is absent among tourism transport drivers. Police also argue that drug abuse in certain circles, such as transport drivers, represents a special threat to public safety and Bali’s reputation as a leading tourism destination.
Police said that urinalysis is able to deduct any drug use in a period of up to 3 days preceding the testing.
The test results of the 50 drivers checked on August 12th were not disclosed by police. Authorities said guidance, however, would be given to companies and drivers found to be involved with drugs.
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