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Friday, 12 November 2021 22:45

MA Gov. Refiles Legislation to Combat Impaired Driving

Written by Brent Addleman, The Center Square

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...suspend driver’s licenses of motorists refusing to cooperate with drug testing and breath testing, and adopts a statute allowing the courts to recognize ingesting THC impairs drivers.

 

The law would call for expanding the training for drug recognition experts and allowing them to testify as witnesses.

 

The proposed legislation also calls for the prevention of drivers from having loose or unsealed marijuana packages in the driver’s compartment and recognizing the effectiveness of the horizontal gaze nystagmus test. The legislation also would give police officers the power to seek electronic search warrants for chemical intoxication and any blood draw having to be approved by a neutral magistrate.

 

According to the release, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has reported traffic fatalities are at a 15-year high in the first six months of this year, attributing those fatalities to an increase in impaired driving.

 

The NHTSA, according to the release, conducted a review of the trauma center in Worcester, MA, revealing 56% of fatally and seriously injured drivers tested positive to one impairing substance, a 50.8% increase from before the COVID-19 pandemic began.

 

We thank The Center Square for reprint permission.

 

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