Breathalyzer for THC targets drivers who are high, could save lives

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DENVER -- Up to a third of all DUIs are actually DUI-Ds -- drivers under the influence of drugs. And yet there's no version of a breathalyzer for drivers high on drugs.

But now one Colorado dad is pushing police to use a new device that could save lives, and get high drivers off the streets.

Boris Sanchez has the information in his video report above.

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11 comments

    • anonymous

      Actually, it does! Keep those eyes rolling. Hope you or your family doesn’t get in a crash with someone that is driving high…

    • Mary

      Actually, the real question is whether it will test for ALL drugs that can make someone unfit to drive. Whether those drugs are alcohol, marijuana, “controlled substances”, prescription drugs or even over the counter medications is irrelevant – the other folks on the road are no safer if the last 2 are used/abused than if the first 3 are.

  • Jason

    Traffic fatalities in medical marijuana states dropped by almost 10% in the last decade. No study done can prove impairment that would affect driving. There are very few fatal accidents that the person has cannabis only in their system. THC stays in your system for months. These will cause more innocent people to be incarcerated and it will feed more money in to the system. That is really what this is about. Instead of downsizing, like any for profit business, law enforcement just finds alternative ways to fill the revenue hole created by legalization. What are we protecting people from? People having been driving on cannabis since cars were invented…where are the stats? Where is the epidemic…

  • JAMMER

    WHAT ABOUT ALL CLOWNS THAT TEXT AND DRIVE AND LOOK AT SOCIAL MEDIA WHILE DRIVE??? THEY ARE SAFER THEN A DRIVER THAT SMOKED A JOIN??? HYPOCRITES.

  • Lifeloc Technologies (@_LifeGuard)

    Law Enforcement is currently ill equipped to do roadside testing for THC intoxication let alone all the other available intoxicating substances (i.e. prescription meds). Colorado has invested in specially trained officers (Drug Recognition Experts) who have considerable expertise in recognizing the physical and cognitive symptoms of drug intoxication. As good as DREs are and they are good, even they can’t provide quantification of THC levels without a blood test. Saliva testing is being rejected because of its unreliability. Michigan just dropped saliva testing from a bill because the tests are inaccurate and could lead to improper arrests. The world does need a THC breathalyzer.

  • Dale Gross

    I have never heard of a car accident caused because the driver was high on marijuana. The two might coincide, but it does not prove cause and effect. Overly conservative people, who are afraid of their own shadows and feel they know what is best for all, are behind a 50% increase in laws in the last 25 years, the eroding of human and civil rights in this country (innocent people in jail/prison), and the funneling of an exorbitant amount of tax dollars into the law enforcement service industry (at the cost of skyrocketing college tuition and crumbling infrastructure). All the criminals on the planet couldn’t do as much damage as these people of whom I speak.

  • Dale Gross

    Just say no to more tax dollars given to the law enforcement service industry, more ways to get people in jail/prison/probation/parole, and more so-called public safety measures that only do the former two things (increase law enforcement spending and get people in trouble).

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