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Thursday, 15 May 2014 14:40

House panel approves legislation to protect motorists from drugged drivers

(AREA) -- The House Judiciary Committee this week approved legislation to help keep dangerous motorists off Michigan roadways by ensuring immediate jail time for repeat offenders and better communication between law enforcement agencies. House Bills 5383-5385, introduced by State Representative Dan Lauwers of Brockway Township, place a conditional bond on drivers who are arrested for operating under the influence of drugs, puts the bond into the Law Enforcement Information Network, and requires drugged motorists to be given a permit license similar to a drunken driving offense. According to Representative Lauwers, the state law is in need of updating in order to address the increased incidences of driving while using a controlled substance. Drugged drivers should face the same consequences as drivers who are under the influence of alcohol. The legislation does not allow for or address the use of a roadside saliva test. The legislation now goes to the House for consideration.