Dräger DrugTest 5000 – New Tool for Police

Substance Abuse Treatment Centers in Greensboro NCWith marijuana becoming legal in several states across the US, it's important for police officers to be able to identify whether or not drivers are impaired by using drugs. In recent news, the San Diego California Police Department is using a new technology to test drivers. While they've already been using it, they expect to purchase more machines to help identify drug users. If you're searching for substance abuse treatment centers in Greensboro NC, call Legacy Freedom for addiction help.

“It’s a huge concern of ours with the legalization of marijuana that we’re going to see an increase in impaired drugged driving,” Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman stated in April of this year. He also stated that “We want to get these impaired drivers off the streets."

The  Dräger DrugTest 5000 works to test a mouth swab from a driver that may be using amphetamine, methadone, benzodiazepines, cocaine, marijuana or opiates. It tells police if someone has these drugs in their system. However, it does not provide the level of intoxication. A blood test is the only way at this time to be able to find that information out.

The $6000 machine is quite small. It's about the size of a mini bookshelf stereo system. It's great for traveling and can be used in situations where police officers are concerned that drivers are impaired due to drug use.

Police are prepared to see a significant increase in impaired driving due to the fact that marijuana is now legal in many states. With this in mind, law-enforcement is working to crack down on these cases. In 2014 alone, almost 40% of all motorcycle crashes involved drugs. As you can imagine, with continued legalization of marijuana, this number will only rise.

The Dräger DrugTest 5000 was first used in the US in 2009. New York, Nevada, Arizona and California are all states that have used it in the past. It's also being used in other countries like Belgium, Germany and Australia. Now, in San Diego, police officers are using it at a DUI checkpoint. Because it's easy to use and small, it can be used in the field without issues.

However, police officers cannot force drivers to take this mouth swab test. If they refuse the suggestion to take it, police officers must then submit a blood test. This type of testing is not optional for the driver.

We hope that the Dräger DrugTest 5000 works well for police. It can be a great addition to cracking down on drug use, in general, especially on drug users that drive impaired. They're not only endangering themselves, but also those passing by in other vehicles. It's important to work towards keeping these drivers off the road.

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