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Ohio police trained to ID drivers' drug impairment



Published: Tue, May 28, 2013 @ 9:19 a.m.

COLUMBUS (AP) — A program training law enforcement officers in Ohio to recognize whether drivers are drug-impaired is drawing praise from prosecutors and others, while criminal defense attorneys say such assessments aren’t scientifically accurate.

The Columbus Dispatch reports 71 law-enforcement officers statewide have completed training as certified drug-recognition experts since 2010. The program goes beyond sobriety tests to train officers to determine whether someone is impaired from drugs or a medical condition.

A prosecutor on the task force studying the training before it came to Ohio says it can bolster cases against drug-impaired drivers.

The Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers past president says the assessments aren’t backed up by science.

Assessments include conducting an interview, taking vital signs, measuring pupil size in a dark room and checking muscle tone.


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1NilesOhio(695 comments)posted 1 year, 2 months ago

If they are then allowed to use their "findings" to prosecute, then this is a bad move for the average person.

This has discrimination and abuse of power written all over it. The last thing the policemen need that pulled me over in the past is more power - they were already tripping all over their ego.

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