Law enforcement pushes drugged driving intervention
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) —
Law enforcement in California is trying to find new ways to tell whether drivers are operating vehicles while under the influence by testing new drug-detection technology.
This increased effort is to train more officers and crack down on drugged driving.
This comes after the recent legalization of recreational marijuana.
California Highway Patrol officers, alongside Assemblyman Tom Lackey, went to the capital on Wednesday to demonstrate a new drug-detection device.
With the device, an officer can collect a driver's saliva sample and within minutes learn whether drugs are present.
In a recent California Office of Traffic Safety report, officials found that more weekend nighttime drivers tested positive for marijuana than alcohol.
"There's a lot of involved, it's not just on standard measurement when it comes to marijuana. Marijuana is a very complex drug, and what we want to make sure that our process is identifying impairment, not usage," Lackey told Capitol Television News Service in Sacramento.
Lawmakers will vote in the coming months on measures that aims to crack down on drugged driving.