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New tool for fighting drugged driving shows up in San Diego

The recent legalization of marijuana here in California raises a variety of issues. This includes potential traffic safety issues. Some worry that drugged driving might go up in the state in the wake of the legalization.

Police in San Diego recently got a new tool aimed at helping with enforcement against drugged driving. The tool is called the Dräger DrugTest 5000. It is a machine aimed at testing for the presence of drugs in drivers through mouth swabs. The device reportedly can test for seven different drugs, one of which is marijuana. As a note, it just tests for the presence of drugs in a driver, not how intoxicated with drugs a driver is.

The San Diego Police Department has two such machines, having received them by donation. Reportedly, the devices will, for the time being, mainly be used at DUI checkpoints.

This illustrates the increasing level of prominence the issue of drugged driving is holding in the San Diego area and California as a whole. What impacts do you think San Diego’s use of these machines and other drugged driving enforcement efforts in the area will have on the occurrence rates of drugged driving in the area in this period following state marijuana legalization?

In addition to being against the law, drugged driving can cause extensive harm out on the roads. When a driver gets behind the wheel when impaired by marijuana or another drug, they could end up causing crashes that leave innocent people with life-altering injuries. A person may have all kinds of questions about their legal rights regarding compensation following being injured by a drugged driver. Skilled car accident attorneys can give compensation-related guidance to victims of crashes caused by drugged drivers.

Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune, “San Diego police go after drugged drivers with new mouth swab test,” Kristina Davis, March 16, 2017

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