Nearly 10 million people admitted to driving under the influence of illicit drugs in the 2013 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, a report issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Like drunk driving, “drugged” driving is a serious problem that puts drivers, their passengers and other motorists at risk. I supported Senate legislation signed into law this summer to help keep these dangerous drivers off the road.
Public Acts 242 and 243 of 2016 create a one-year pilot program in five counties to allow law enforcement officers trained as drug recognition experts to conduct roadside drug testing. Drivers stopped under probable cause will be administered a saliva test for the presence of certain controlled substances. The procedure is similar to that of a breathalyzer test for alcohol.
The new laws are scheduled to take effect Sept. 22, 2016.