Law enforcement cracking down on high driving


A special commission has released a report recommending ways law enforcement can target drivers high on marijuana.

In a report sent to state lawmakers, a special commission made up of members of law enforcement listed 19 ways tougher marijuana testing could be implemented.

While there’s no test to prove a driver is high, the state does have Drug Recognition Experts (DRE’s) to help recognize impaired driving.

Massachusetts has 147 certified DRE’s, including at least 18 officers and state troopers in western Massachusetts.

One Northampton resident said it can be hard for police to test for marijuana without a set standard.

“It’s really hard to say how much it’s going to affect people in certain ways since everyone’s impacted differently. Also how they are going to test a person to see if they really are impaired,” said Gena Zucchino. 

The report suggested Massachusetts should train a minimum of 351 drug recognition experts, as well as several to be deployed by the Massachusetts State Police.

Under state law, drivers who refuse a drug evaluation face no real penalty. Unlike drivers who refuse a breathalyzer.

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