In California, lawmakers are currently considering a proposal that would involve the use of a drug detection device. The device would allow police officers to conduct a simple test on motorists to determine the presence of drugs in their system. Under the law, officers could administer the drug-detection test to drivers who they believe are driving under the influence of pot. Those drugs could include everything from marijuana, to cocaine.
Under Assembly Bill 1356, a California law would be changed to state that a motorist has already given his consent for the use of chemical tests of blood or saliva. Law enforcement officers would be allowed to use the device to test a saliva sample from a motorist. The results of the tests will be available almost immediately, and are believed to be more than 90% accurate.
There are concerns with the use of the device that will resound here in Denver. DUI defense attorneys are already very concerned about how the device’s test results will be considered while determining the intoxication level for an arrest.
The California Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws has pointed out that there is no established scientific evidence to show that the use of oral saliva swabs to conduct drug testing, is completely reliable and accurate.
If you were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, speak with a Denver DUI defense attorney.