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Marijuana vapor pressure could be used in breath devices

With California and other states legalizing both medical and recreational marijuana, it has become difficult for authorities to determine if a driver is operating a vehicle under the influence of the drug. This is because THC, the main psychoactive compound in marijuana, can remain in the blood for long periods of time, even if a person is not currently under the influence.

Marijuana legalization creates issues for police

A 40-year-old California man stopped to change a flat tire on Interstate 80 when he was struck and killed by another motorist. That driver, a 24-year-old male, was taken into custody and charged with drugged driving. According to authorities, he had been under the influence of marijuana at the time of the accident. It is believed that the number of drugged-driving incidents will continue to increase in states where the drug has been legalized while the number of DUIs related to alcohol decrease.

Chief Keef accused of DUI

California music lovers may be interested to learn that, on April 8, it was reported that the 21-year-old rapper Chief Keef was taken into custody in Miami Beach. He was ultimately charged with driving under the influence.

Federal survey reveals sharp fall in drunk driving

Fewer motorists in California and around the country are getting behind the wheel after consuming alcohol, according to data released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The agency's Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration compiles data about alcohol, tobacco and drug use in the United States, and its 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health indicates that drunk driving rates have been falling steadily for at least 13 years.

New law expands pilot program statewide

On Sept. 28, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 1046 into law. The legislation would require most drivers in California who have been convicted of a DUI to have a device similar to a Breathalyzer installed in their vehicles. It continues a pilot program ongoing in four counties that has prevented 125,000 attempts by drivers to operate a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content of .08 percent or higher.

Spit test in development for marijuana detection

As numerous states have passed legislation to provide for some type of legal marijuana use, California voters will be seeing such an initiative on the ballot this November. Law enforcement authorities could be faced with some significant challenges related to the potential legal use of marijuana, especially where driving is concerned. One of the first challenges is determining how to accurately measure the level of intoxication while in the field. Another challenge is the determination of intoxication limits for drivers.

Underage drinking linked to lack of parental rules

According to new research, one of the best ways parents in California can prevent their teenagers from drinking is by having clear rules forbidding it. The study was conducted with 1,100 teens and young adults who live in 24 different cities across seven states.

Researchers say that Uber does not reduce DUI deaths

A research team from the University of Southern California and England's Oxford University has concluded that ride sharing services like those offered by Uber and Lyft do not have any significant impact on drunk driving fatalities. The researchers came to their conclusions after studying drunk driving fatality rates in 100 densely populated urban areas both before and after ride sharing services were introduced. The research was published on July 22 in the American Journal of Epidemiology.


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