Most of us are aware that when you are pulled over for suspicion of driving drunk, a police officer will give you some sort of roadside breathalyzer test. Recently, with the legalization of marijuana in a few states, driving while under the influence of drugs such as marijuana has become a larger concern. There has been no real solid way to test someone for the suspicion of being high when pulled over. However, currently, researchers are working on a new device to detect weed on your breath. How Marijuana is Currently Detected Roadside Getting pulled over for a DUID can be confusing and currently, there is no device to help a cop know for sure if you took drugs before driving. The signs tend to be similar to driving drunk that give the police a reason to pull you over, such as swerving. Many law enforcement officers have been trained as Drug Recognition Experts to identify signs behaviorally and psychologically that you are on marijuana when pulled over. They are trained to identify physical indicators on your body as well. When you are pulled over for Driving While Under the Influence of Marijuana, if they have probable cause, you will be brought into a testing facility. These are controlled environments to test and prove that you recently took drugs like marijuana. Typically, a chemical test will be administered and you could be charged with a DUID if the level of THC is above the limit. The charges for this are very similar to a DUI conviction. How Will the Detection Device Work? In order to make the process of detecting marijuana easier for police officers, a breathalyzer is being released soon specifically for marijuana. The hope is to be able to detect the level of active THC in your system as well as how long ago the drug was consumed. The device will work by blowing into it to detect the marijuana level on your breath, just like an alcohol breathalyzer does. Currently, the device seems to detect the presence and level of marijuana better the closer in time you were to actually taking the drug. The longer you wait, the less effective the test is and the levels...Read More
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