Drivers impaired by opioids, cocaine, marijuana and other drugs pose a threat to every Vermonter and visitor who drives on our highways. On July 1, Vermont will become the ninth state to legalize recreational marijuana. Even proponents of legalization acknowledge that driving while high on marijuana is unwise and unsafe. There also is universal agreement on the need to protect Vermonters from impaired drivers.
Legislators, both pro- and anti-legalization, recognize that there is a solemn responsibility to ensure the motoring public is protected from irresponsible individuals who take drugs and then get behind the wheel of a vehicle.
The problem is, Vermont lacks a good mechanism for testing motorists who drive under the influence of marijuana, opioids or other impairing drugs.
Currently, the only way to test a person suspected of drugged driving is to take a blood sample. That process is invasive, time-consuming (sometimes taking up to five hours) and occurs well after the time of operation.
There is a better way.
Oral fluid or saliva testing is a simple, painless way to test an operator suspected of driving