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Law Enforcement Gets More Drug-Related DUI Training

May 31, 2016 • DUI Defense

Drugged driving has increasingly become a concern for law enforcement officers throughout the state of Florida, especially as attitudes towards marijuana use have changed with more states legalizing cannabis for medicinal use and even legalizing pot for recreational use.

Drugged driving cases can be complicated, however, due to the difficulty in determining if a driver is actually impaired by the use of drugs. Law enforcement officers can have a more difficult time identifying the signs of a drugged driver during traffic stops or when observing cars on the road, which means that it is harder for police to effectively stop people who may be impaired by drugs.

The Governors Highway Safety Administration reports that efforts are underway to address the problems that law enforcement officers are having in policing suspected drugged drivers. To help improve enforcement of drugged driving laws, four state highway safety offices will be receiving grants to “help combat drug-impaired driving.” 

The four safety offices who will be receiving these grants include Texas, Nevada, Illinois and Florida. Because Florida's office is going to be receiving $80,000 to help stop drugged driving, there will be an increased push towards enforcement on state roads.

This could mean more arrests of motorists.  Those who are arrested for drugged driving DUIs need to know what their rights are for defending themselves in complicated cases and should consult with Tallahassee DUI attorneys who have experience with accusations of drugged driving.

Florida to Crack Down on Drugged Driving

Florida is expected to use the grant from the GHSA to expand existing programs aimed at combatting drugged driving and to “lay the groundwork for long-term training programs.”  By the end of 2016, the grant money will be used to provide training to more than 70 new Drug Recognition Experts (DREs) who will then be certified. 

The money is also going to be used to enroll and certify more than 410 law enforcement officials in Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE).

ARIDE and DRE certification are designed to give law enforcement officers the tools that will help them identify drugged drivers. Unfortunately, when police are aggressively looking for impaired motorists, especially after money has been specifically spent on training, they may end up pulling over people, even without having probable cause for the traffic stop.

This could be a violation of the driver's constitutional rights, especially if the motorist is subsequently asked to undergo a toxicology test without reasonable cause to believe he is actually impaired by drugs.

Drivers who are stopped by police need to understand how the Fourth Amendment protects them. If your constitutional rights were violated by law enforcement officers as part of a drugged driving crackdown, the evidence that was collected in an illegal search may not be used against you by prosecutors in trial. Your attorney can help petition for the suppression of the evidence, which would mean the evidence could not be introduced in your criminal case.

To learn more about how the Florida crackdown on drugged drivers could affect you, and to get help fighting serious criminal charges arising from allegations of drugged driving, contact a skilled DUI attorney today.