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Michigan House of Representatives approved bill aimed at stopping drugged drivers

Posted on June 4, 2014 at 7:12 a.m.

Michigan lawmakers are bringing drugged driving provisions in line with the state’s drunken driving laws, the Associated Press reports.

The Michigan House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly in favor of bills Tuesday, June 3, that would let police conduct Breathalyzer and roadside sobriety tests if they believe a driver is under the influence of drugs. A drugged driver’s license could be confiscated or destroyed under certain circumstances, and the person’s status would be uploaded in a state database.

The state’s driving laws already prohibit drugged driving. The proposed legislation expands police officers’ ability to identify offenders and enforce those laws.

The bills now go to the Michigan Senate.

Michigan State Police and the Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan have testified in favor of updating the law.

In Indiana, police can train become certified drug recognition experts. They use a 12-step process to determine if a driver is under the influence of drugs and then determine what kind of drug is involved.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Are you concerned about drugged drivers? How do you think police can better protect people on the roads?