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Drugged Driving Bill Launches July 12
Written by Erin MacPherson
Last updated on July 02, 2013 @ 6:52PM
Created on July 02, 2013 @ 6:14PM

Everyday we see TV commercials and print ads telling us not to drink and drive and how law enforcement is cracking down on it. With drugs being so prominent in our area, what about making sure people don't do drugs and drive?

Officials have come up with a new law that will go into effect in just a few weeks. It's called the drugged driving bill.

This gives officers a way to test people who they think are under the influence. If you're driving suspiciously and get pulled over, officers will give a field sobriety test which includes a few different exercises. If you fail those tests and officers think you've been drinking, you'll have to take a breathalyzer test. But now if officers think you've been taking some sort of drug and you fail the sobriety test, they can now test your urine or blood for possible drugs.

"Well obviously our hope is that it gives the officers another tool to help get the impaired driver off the roadways," said Sheriff Albert Marano, Harrison County Sheriff's Department.

Sheriff Marano said this new policy requires all law enforcement to have certain training. They have until next December to get everyone trained and ready

Many people in Harrison County today were a little skeptical if it will really prevent people from doing drugs while driving. One man said, people still drink and drive so what makes you think that people will listen to this law? But overall people in the community said it's a good thing and at least officers are doing something to try to help.

"I think it's a good thing. Anything to make the roads safer. Anything they can do to keep an eye out for people doing what they shouldn't. If they're catching people that are driving while they're doing drugs, I think it would be very helpful. I'd said it's making people think twice,"said Mike Ayers, Wood County Resident. 


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Comments (6)
Jul 11, 2013 at 4:02 PM
so what if people have a prescription what are they going to do what the same thing
Jul 09, 2013 at 1:33 PM
Can these stupid legislators think of anymore stupid nonworking idiotic laws to pass? Oh I am sure they can and will. '

Drunk driving......is illegal. Has it worked? NO! Seat belts.....mandatory.....is it working? NO! Now...drugged driving..will it work? NO! Don't stop there...do nothing politicians in WV. How about ..... no eating while driving? Or...no gawking while driving?? Or....no smoking while driving? Or...no listening to music while driving??? People in this state are getting more and more STUPID!
Jul 09, 2013 at 7:04 AM
This law will only destroy more lives. The 'war on drugs' is the reason America has more prisoners than any other country on Earth, and the highest percentage of its population behind bars. It's destroying the economy in several ways, first by spending billions on excessive numbers of law enforcement officers, their cars, gear, guns, gas, etc. Then more billions on building jails and prison which is a booming industry for the criminals building them, we build more prisons than schools and prisons are more expensive. does that make any sense? The drug war also driving up the prices of drugs; a pound of marijuana should cost $5 instead of over $2,000 for quality stuff. Because of this black market premium, drug users are taking a lot of money out of the local economy that they wouldn't be if drugs were legal. Also if drugs were legal it would increase employment opportunity for many hardworking people who can't pass a background or drug test because of their past or present drug use. There are other reasons, but in a nutshell; the single greatest threat to anyone in this country is the 'war on drugs'. Police routinely raid the wrong house, and have even killed innocent people for no apparent reason when they burst through the door and for no apparent reason shoot an unarmed person or child. You rarely hear about it in the news but it does happen.
Jul 08, 2013 at 5:25 PM
http://norml.org/chapters/wv

This is just ramping up the war on drugs, which was doomed to fail from the start. Banning goods on the free market creates a black market. The black market is how people are exposed to various types of lethal and non-lethal drugs (prescription and non-prescription). http://www.passyourdrugtest.com/timetable.htm
Jul 08, 2013 at 4:55 PM
Too bad the US Supreme Court ruled this spring that police can't draw blood for DUIs without a warrant.
Jul 08, 2013 at 4:55 PM
They could have easily put drug task forces into action to delete the drugs from the community's sources. The use of alcohol is TOLERATED because its LEGAL to drink at age 21. Unless the police are targeting LEGAL prescription drug patients, this county has now begun to TOLERATE the use of drugs so the dept can make a financial gain on tickets and arrests. I am against drugged and driving but there are better ways to get legal and illegal drugs off the road.
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