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Vermont Public Safety Commissioner Thomas Anderson advocates for saliva testing to detect impaired driving during a meeting of the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018.(Photo: APRIL MCCULLUM/FREE PRESS)Buy Photo
MONTPELIER – With legal adult-use marijuana on the horizon, Vermont lawmakers are taking another look at a bill that would allow police to take a saliva sample from drivers who seem impaired.
H. 237 would let police use a roadside saliva test to screen for the presence of drugs, including cannabis. Drivers who test positive would be asked to take another test that could be used as evidence in court.
Police currently rely on blood tests to show that drivers are impaired by drugs other than alcohol. Blood tests require a warrant and a trip to a hospital, Vermont Public Safety Commissioner Thomas Anderson told lawmakers this month.