Police testing new roadside drug tests

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Some police departments in Kentucky are trying a new device to try and prove if a driver is high behind the wheel and help combat the growing trend of drugged driving.

The numbers of drugged drivers is alarming. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 40% of all drivers killed has drugs in their system. The NHTSA also did a roadside survey that showed 22% of all drivers tested positive for drugs.

To help prosecute drugged drivers in the state, Kentucky’s Office of Highway Safety is partnering with authorities in Louisville, Paducah and Madison County to test portable kits that police officers could eventually carry into the field to test drivers for controlled substances.

The kits use a suspect’s saliva to test a panel of 10 different drugs that are most commonly used in Kentucky.

If the tests prove reliable, lawmakers say they will consider legislation next year to expand their use.

According to Kentucky State Police, authorities suspected that drugs were a factor in nearly 1,600 traffic collisions across the state last year, resulting in 939 injuries and 214 deaths.

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