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Controversial new CA bill seeks to combat drugged drivers




A man blows into a breathalizer during a field sobriety test after he was stopped by San Bruno Police officers at a DUI checkpoint in San Bruno, California.
A man blows into a breathalizer during a field sobriety test after he was stopped by San Bruno Police officers at a DUI checkpoint in San Bruno, California.
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A new bill has been introduced to address the problem of people driving while under the influence of drugs.

The bill SB 1462, introduced by Senator Bob Huff (R-San Dimas), would allow law enforcement officers to use oral swab tests to screen for drugs in a driver’s system, after he or she fails sobriety field tests.

Sponsors of the proposal include the California Police Chiefs Association and the California Narcotic Officers Association, which say drugged driving is an under-reported but growing public safety problem that needs to be addressed. Critics, however, question the scientific validity of the tests.

Guests:

Senator Bob Huff (R-San Dimas), who introduced Senate bill 1462 this week aiming to crack down on drugged driving

Jolene Forman, staff attorney at the Drug Policy Alliance, an advocacy organization working to reduce drug prohibition