Driving under the influence of a controlled substance is just as dangerous as drunk driving. I recently supported legislation to crack down on drugged drivers.
Senate Bills 207 and 434 would create a pilot program in five counties to allow law enforcement officers certified as drug recognition experts to conduct roadside testing of drivers suspected to be using of controlled substances. Drivers who are stopped under reasonable cause would have their saliva tested for the presence of cannabis, opiates, cocaine and methamphetamine. The procedure is similar to that of a breathalyzer test for alcohol.
The legislation, prompted by a tragic accident caused by a drugged driver, has been sent to the House for consideration.