Starting on November 8th, Michigan Police will begin testing drivers saliva for drugs, in 5 Michigan counties during a pilot program. Is your county one of them?

The Michigan State Police announced that roadside drug testing will begin November 8th in the following counties...

  • Berrien
  • Delta
  • Kent
  • St. Clair
  • Washtenaw

How this will work is similar to a breathalyzer test. Mlive reported that...

"Drug Recognition Experts will continue to follow the same policies and procedures for investigating a person they believe to be operating a vehicle while impaired on a controlled substance. The only difference in the pilot counties will be if the DRE determines a motorist is impaired on drugs, they will ask the person to submit to an oral fluid test

The drugs the oral swab can test for are...

  • Amphetamine
  • Benzodiaazepines
  • Marijuana/cannabis
  • Cocaine
  • Methamphetamine
  • Opiates

All officers who administer the oral fluid test are trained Drug Recognition Experts (DREs) and have advanced training in the assessment of alcohol and drug impairment.

The pilot program will last for a year, after that the possibility of other counties may be selected to take part in the program.