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Thursday, December 04, 2014

smoking pot and DUIBloomberg Politics reported on December 3rd, 2014 that Washington State University researches are developing a hand held breath testing device to detect the impairing components of marijuana, THC, for use by police on the side of the road.  Driving to the extent you are less safe from Marijuana consumption is illegal in Georgia and probably in all 49 states in the United States. In the past, Police only could utilize field sobriety tests like the HGN eye test, Walk and Turn, One Leg Stand, Rhomberg balance and time estimate test to determine if a driver was DUI from marijuana. Many marijuana users show few if any signs of impairment shortly after smoking.  This begs the question of whether they are impaired in the first place but law makers and police still require strict enforcement.  This test will primarily add officers in eliminating false positives and be able to distinguish between the stoned and chronically injured, old, uncoordinated and stupid people who might seem like they are stoned when they are not to save police resources. 

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