Why It Can Be Hard to Detect Drugged Drivers
Not all drivers who are accused of DUI are under the influence of alcohol. Some of them are intoxicated with drugs. Such cases are relatively rare (one in two hundred), yet, they happen. Drivers who are intoxicated with drugs are not always easy to diagnose. While the concentration of alcohol in blood can be determined with the help of special tests, while the amount of such a popular drug as cannabis cannot be. There are relatively new and effective urine and blood tests that show the presence of metabolites of cannabis, but keeping in mind the fact that these tests are valid for only 45 days after cannabis was taken, we see that using these tests for DUI makes no sense. The problem is aggravated by the fact that there is no official information on the metabolism of drugs. Everything depends on the quantity, the way the drug was taken, age, gender, and general health condition of the person who takes the drug. There are only a few types of drugs that cause obvious reactions such as antidepressants that cause sleepiness, disorientation, and illogical, indistinct speech. Stimulators like cocaine, methamphetamine, and “speed” drugs cause extremely active and aggressive behavior. They are quite rare because they are not that affordable. More common drugs such as cannabis are much more widely spread.
No Outer Signs
Conclusions police officers can make judging on the appearance of a driver can also be mistaken because there are no special training courses that teach how to detect drivers that are intoxicated with drugs. A mistaken opinion that cannabis causes widening of eye pupils is widely spread, while cannabis causes no significant effect on eye pupils. There is also no significant reddening; slightly pink eyes can also be an effect of an eye disease, a sleepless night, or a hard working day.
Tests That Show Little Result
Experts and drug DUI lawyers of Ariano Reppucci and other similar law firms who have ever been present at drug tests for intoxicated drivers can claim that cannabis does not cause indistinct or slow speech. Eye movements remain precise and normal, and tests that are made for drivers who are intoxicated by alcohol show no disorders unless a person has some lasting problems with their eyes. The only signs that allow a police officer to guess right in such a situation are an increased sense of hunger, quickened heart rate, dryness in the mouth, and temporary memory problems, but these symptoms are practically invisible.