How Does Law Enforcement Test for Drug DUI's?

Imagine being pulled over by an officer, you're under the influence of drugs -- I put myself in that situation.

In this situation, I had already been detained by officers for about 45 minutes at the police department.

A drug recognition expert ran tests and diagnostics on me, including checking my vitals, and testing my motor skills.

Much like a sobriety test, drug experts will put suspects through the same routine; having them walk a line, but the things they look for vary; signs of delayed reaction or awkward vitals, most of those will prompt officers to administer toxicology tests.

The test takes roughly 30-45 minutes, so if you're looking to avoid a long night, you may want to reconsider when getting behind the wheel.

"We're trying to get the message out that we're aware people are going to go out and use alcohol, and smoke marijuana," said Sgt. Shawn Boyle, "What we'd like them to do is help develop a plan in order to get themselves home safely, whether it's a designated driver, a taxi cab, or some other type of public transportation."

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