The Vermont House has given initial approval to a bill that would allow law enforcement officers to administer a saliva test that would indicate the presence of certain drugs, including marijuana.
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Right now if a police officer has reason to believe that a person is driving a car under the influence of alcohol, they can pull the driver over and ask the person to take a Breathalyzer test to measure their blood alcohol level. If the driver’s blood alcohol content is .08 or higher, they are sent to the police station and administered a blood test that more accurately measures their blood alcohol level.
But backers of this bill say there’s no comparable roadside test to determine if a person is impaired because of the use of certain drugs — and they argue one is needed.
“We have an opiate crisis. We have a drug crisis. We just legalized marijuana …. We have no roadside test for drug impairment,” said Colchester Rep. Pat Brennan, chairman of the House Committee on Transportation.