State police are alerting drivers in western Massachusetts about their plan to set up a sobriety checkpoint on Thursday, November 29.
According to Massachusetts State Police Col. Kerry Gilpin, the sobriety checkpoint will take place somewhere in Hampden County Thursday and will continue into Friday.
With recreational marijuana now legal and for sale in Massachusetts, police departments are facing a major challenge. They’ll be looking for people who are driving high and/or driving under the influence of alcohol.
Research has found that using marijuana slows reaction time and your ability to make decisions, which increases your chance of getting into an accident if you drive high.
Police still don’t have the right equipment they need to get drugged drivers off the road. If a driver refuses a breathalyzer test, they automatically lose their license. But if they refuse a drug evaluation, there is still no penalty.