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Michigan Pilot Program to Perform Roadside Drug-Testing set to Begin this Year

  1. Beenthere2Hippie
    LANSING– A one-year pilot program set up in five counties will allow Michigan State Police to conduct roadside drug tests.

    First Lt. Michael Shaw says if a driver is pulled over for a traffic offense and shows signs of being under the influence of drugs –specially trained “drug recognition experts” will conduct traditional field sobriety tests. Next, the officers will use a saliva-based testing to check drivers to see if they’ve smoked marijuana or used heroin or cocaine.

    “Were seeing throughout the state of Michigan there’s an increase in both drugged driving and drugged driving fatalities,” Shaw told WWJ Newsradio 950’s Zahra Huber.

    The program was approved in legislation passed in Lansing as statistics show the total number of traffic crashes involving drugs has reached a decade-high in Michigan. Police statistics show the total number of traffic crashes involving drugs has reached a decade-high in Michigan.

    “So what this bill does is allows us to have another step in field sobriety process, or the probable cause process, to arrest some of these drugged drivers.”

    Shaw said troopers will not be pulling people over indiscriminately.

    “Some of the concerns were we were going to just start randomly testing people, and that’s not the case,” he said. “There’s still going to be probable cause for a traffic stop — just like it was….This is just an added component to the probable cause portion of it.”

    The program is expected to begin later this year. Shaw said police have not yet decided on the five participating counties.

    CBS News, Detroit/July 13, 2016
    Photo: Mike Campbell
    Newshawk Crew

    Author Bio

    BT2H is a retired news editor and writer from the NYC area who, for health reasons, retired to a southern US state early, and where BT2H continues to write and to post drug-related news to DF.


  1. Name goes here
    Where the fuck are the civil liberties unions to fight this. While I'm not approving of driving while impaired, operating after the effects have warn off shouldn't be illegal. My guess is the heroin test isn't just looking for heroin but opiates in general. It's not illegal to have morphine/oxy/anything else in your system with A valid prescription. Just because there's drugs in your system will give them rights to arrest? Let's say the test looks for heroin specifically. Does testing positive automatically mean arrest? Being impaired is at a cops desecration. I see a lot of users who aren't impaired going to jail

    Edit: my two cents as suggested by my attorney, refuse any tests and refuse to answer any question that can be used against you in a court of law. Do not help the system build a case against you.
  2. Beenthere2Hippie
    I think you have made some very good points, NGH, and appreciate the information you've shared here. You're right, of course, as is your lawyer: stay vigilant and do not allow police access to you or your vehicle and call an attorney if you are ever put in a drug-testing position here is The States.

    Thanks for sharing what is wise advice.
  3. Diverboone
    This is just another way to circumvent our 4th Amend protections, all in the name of (pseudo) public safety. As is often is the case with the U S Government, if it sounds good, then it's great. But in reality is the public's safety jeopardized to the extent of needing more laws? I highly doubt it. I would be willing to say the actual number of accidents caused by drug impaired drivers is much lower than many other driver behaviors.

    To me it's clearly another intrusion upon our privacy by the Drug War warriors. In my State to be found guilty of a DUI, there has to be an impairment proven when alcohol in involved. But the mere presents of an illicit substance is considered prima facie proof. The lack of any requirement to show impairment, makes it obvious the law is not about public safety. It based upon prohibitionist ideas.
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