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Roadside drug testing pilot program starts next week

The one-year oral fluid testing program will take place in five MI counties, including Berrien, Delta, Kent, St. Clair and Washtenaw.

State police say it's part of their effort to cut down on drugged driving. The tests will be administered by "drug recognition experts"... police officers who have been trained to identify drivers impaired by drugs.

Officers in five MI counties will be asking drivers if they can swab their mouth to see if they've been using drugs. Although the pilot program is being organized and managed by the MSP, DREs employed by county, township and municipal police agencies will also be involved. "With drugged driving on the rise, law enforcement officers need an effective tool to assist in making these determinations during a traffic stop". "There still has to be probable cause".

Troopers will collect saliva if they suspect a driver is under the influence of drugs.

MI has seen an increase in drugged driving accidents and fatal accidents over the several years.

State police say there were almost 250 drug-related traffic deaths previous year, a 32 percent hike.

The preliminary oral fluid analysis will be conducted by a DRE and will be administered along with the drug recognition 12-step evaluation now used by DREs.



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