The debate as to how to determine whether a driver is under the influence of marijuana has been going on for years. Testing for alcohol use is simple; testing for recent marijuana use has proved to be a bit more complex.
This, according to a report by Fox5SanDiego.com is why the San Diego Police Department is pleased to announce they’ve acquired two “Drager 5000” devices. The devices use saliva to test for recent drug use, which include meth, marijuana, prescription painkillers and cocaine.
Officers hope the devices will help enhance public safety.
The devices cost about $5,500 each, a SDPD spokesperson said, adding that the devices were purchased through a private endowment; taxpayer dollars were not used to buy the drug screening units.
If officers do determine that a driver is under the influence of drugs they’ll be taken to one of the local jails to be booked. Men will be transported to the San Diego Central Jail whereas women will be taken to the Las Colinas Detention Facility.
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Original article: SDPD to start using tool to detect stoned drivers