Gov. Baker launches ‘Impaired Driving Campaign’ to cut down on high drivers

Boston Statehouse

At a news conference Thursday, Governor Charlie Baker and public safety officials addressed issues surrounding the legal consumption of marijuana. 

The group introduced the ‘if you feel different, you drive different’ campaign which aims to educate cannabis users about the dangers of driving impaired.

The campaign is part of the governor’s road safety initiative that includes hands-free driving, and lower speed limits in construction zones. 

“But, there is still more we can do here in Massachusetts to continue to make our roads safer,” Baker said. 

Through the new campaign, police officers are selected for special training to help them detect impaired driving. Those officers are called Drug Recognition Experts or DRE’s. 

If a police officer pulls someone over and believes they are under the influence of drugs they must take that person back to the station where a DRE will administer a fluid test to see which drug they are on and how much is in their system. 

If someone refuses that test, they could lose their drivers license. 

Law enforcement officials said they are optimistic about the possibility of a roadside fluid test in the near future. 

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