Losing a loved one in a serious car accident is devastating. Knowing that the accident could have been prevented makes the tragedy even more painful. Sadly, many fatal wrecks are caused by drivers who are under the influence of drugs, yet few police officers are qualified to determine whether a driver is legally impaired. After a tragic car accident that took the lives of three local residents, the victims’ families have come forward to support legislation that will allow police to conduct increased drug testing.
The victims of the accident included a father, his daughter, and her boyfriend, who were struck by another vehicle while they were at a complete stop. The other driver was found guilty of speeding and ordered to pay a fine. According to the victim’s mother, no one even questioned whether the other motorist was driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Supporting this legislation means that other families will have more information, and possibly find answers, about the events leading up to the wreck and determining who is responsible.
Qualifications Necessary to Conduct a Drug Test
The current Drugged Driver Testing Statute says that only police officers who have been properly trained and certified may request a blood sample from a driver who is suspected of being under the influence of drugs. In order for an officer to be able to determine probable cause of impairment, he or she must be certified as a drug recognition expert, or a DRE. Only a DRE can request a blood test, and if the officer who pulled over a suspected drugged driver is not certified, one must be called in.
According to the Maryland DRE program’s website, there are only 156 DREs, 38 instructors, and one student involved in the program. If this new legislation is passed, any police officer can request that the driver take a blood test if the officer believes that the motorist is under the influence of drugs or alcohol. If the driver refuses to take the test, he or she could have their license suspended.
Making it easier for police to enforce the law, including driving while under the influence of drugs, is extremely important due to the current opioid crisis, and the number of people who abuse prescription pain medication. There are too many impaired drivers on the road, and police should be able to test them so that they can prevent other tragic accidents from taking place.
Baltimore Car Accident Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Protect the Rights of Drugged Driving Accidents
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident involving another driver who you believe was under the influence of drugs at the time of the accident, do not hesitate to contact the Baltimore car accident lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton, P.A. Our experienced team will thoroughly investigate the details of your accident and hold the negligent party responsible for your injuries. We will not stop fighting for your until we secure the maximum financial compensation you deserve. To set up a free, confidential consultation, call us today at 800-547-4LAW (4529) or contact us online.
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