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Dealing with the growing problem of drugged driving

Marijuana use is widespread, even in states where medical marijuana use is not legal, and cannabis isn't decriminalized. Even with a prescription, using drugs before getting behind the wheel is illegal and very dangerous, just as drunk driving is dangerous. It can be difficult for law enforcement to determine how stoned a suspected drugged driver is, but that could change. 

Florida readers may be interested to know that there is a device that could come into widespread use in the near future that would allow officers to measure the driver's level of marijuana intoxication. It is possible that this could lead to safer roads and more charges for drugged driving.

How would it work?

The device in the works would apply nanotechnology in a device as a way to accurately determine how much marijuana one has in his or her system. Researchers at Stanford are currently working on fully developing the device, and some are calling it the "potalyzer." Some other things you may need to know about this device include the following:

  • If it fully develops, it would be the first practical roadside test to measure the amount of THC in a driver's system.
  • Researchers believe this device would both detect the presence of THC in a person's system and measure the amount.
  • It would work by taking a small sample of a person's saliva.
  • The device could measure THC using the saliva sample in as little as three minutes.

Measuring the degree to which a Sunrise driver is intoxicated by drugs has been a difficult task for law enforcement. Some believe that, by measuring saliva, it could be a more accurate way to measure THC than with either urine or saliva.

There are many other issues at hand to consider. Every state would have to consider what the legal limit for THC would be, much like the legal limit for BAC is .08 percent. While there are still many questions to answer regarding drugged driving, it is always illegal to drive while under the influence of either drugs or alcohol.

The consequences of drugged driving

Drugged driving can lead to serious accidents, just like drunk driving can. When a driver is impaired and makes the decision to get behind the wheel of a vehicle, he or she is accountable for any consequences of this irresponsible decision, including accident damage and injuries.

If you suffered because of an impaired driver, you have the right to seek financial compensation for your losses. You should not have to suffer because of an impaired driver, but you may learn more about your option for a potential personal injury claim by seeking an evaluation of your case.

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