Drugged driving is quickly becoming a growing concern in Connecticut. In fact, records indicate that last year alone, eight individuals were arrested in the Bridgewater area for Operating under the Influence (OUI) of drugs. While the number was a five-year-high, experts say the number may actually be even greater because many of the individuals convicted of OUI-alcohol were likely under the influence of other drugs as well.
Convicting an individual on a drugged driving charge can be extremely difficult though, due to the fact that there is no way to quantify or qualify if a person is under the influence of drugs without a blood test. Such a test cannot be administered without first having probable cause though.
In an effort to reduce the number of Connecticut auto accident lawyers that are caused by intoxicated drivers, the state is beginning to train more law enforcement officials as Drug Recognition Experts. According to the Milford Daily News, officers are trained in a 12-step process that examines factors including body temperature, blood pressure, and pulse. So far, the state has trained a total of 77 officers as experts in the field of drug recognition.
The Connecticut Personal Injury Attorneys with Carter Mario Law Firm applaud the efforts being made to keep Connecticut’s highways free of drivers who are under the influence. The firm asks that motorists never get behind the wheel after consuming anything that could impair judgment.