Friday, September 17, 2010

Michigan May be First to Implement Roadside Drug Testing

by Melissa Cox

On September 8, 2010 a bill was introduced to the Legislature that would authorize police to administer a roadside saliva test to check drivers for illegal drug use. The test would be similar, in theory, to the preliminary breath tests used to test for alcohol when an officer stops a driver suspected of being intoxicated.

In Michigan, the presence of any level of an illegal drug is grounds for a charge of operating with the presence of drugs. However, when an officer has probable cause that a driver is on drugs, confirmation often requires a search warrant and hospital-administered blood testing.

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