Michigan State Police to begin roadside drug testing program that includes mouth swabs for oral screenings

click to enlarge Jack Cronkhite / ShutterstockAdrian Township Police DepartmentAllegan County Sheriff's DepartmentAlma Department of Public SafetyAlpena Police DepartmentAnn Arbor Police DepartmentAuburn Hills Police DepartmentBattle Creek Police DepartmentBay City Police DepartmentBay County Sheriff's OfficeBerrien County Sheriff's OfficeBloomfield Township Police DepartmentCadillac Police DepartmentCanton Township Police DepartmentCharlevoix County Sheriff's OfficeChikaming Township Police DepartmentClawson Police DepartmentDearborn Police DepartmentEscanaba Department of Public SafetyGogebic County Sheriff's OfficeGrand Blanc Township Police DepartmentGrand Haven Department of Public SafetyGrand Rapids Police DepartmentGrand Valley State University Police DepartmentGreenville Department of Public SafetyHamburg Township Police DepartmentImlay City Police DepartmentIngham County Sheriff's OfficeKalkaska County Sheriff's DepartmentKent County Sheriff's OfficeLake County Sheriff's OfficeLapeer Police DepartmentLincoln Township Police DepartmentLivonia Police DepartmentMacomb County Sheriff's DepartmentMarquette County Sheriff's OfficeMenominee Police DepartmentMichigan State PoliceMidland Police DepartmentMonroe Department of Public SafetyMt. Pleasant Police DepartmentMuskegon Police DepartmentNovi Police DepartmentOscoda Township Police DepartmentPetoskey Department of Public SafetyPokagon Tribal PolicePort Huron Police DepartmentRoscommon County Sheriff's DepartmentSouthfield Police DepartmentSt. Clair County Sheriff's OfficeTroy Police DepartmentUniversity of Michigan Police DepartmentWashtenaw Co Sheriff's OfficeWayland Police DepartmentWestern Michigan University Department of Public ServiceYpsilanti Police DepartmentThe second phase of Michigan State Polices roadside drug testing begins on Tuesday, Oct. 1.The Oral Fluid Roadside Analysis Pilot Program calls for drivers that police suspect might be impaired by controlled substances to provide a mouth swab so their saliva can be tested. The test can detect cannabis (delta 9 THC), opiates, cocaine, amphetamines, methamphetamines, and benzodiazepines.This rollout follows a year-long pilot program that was instilled after instances of crashes with fatal outcomes consistently increased over the last few years: There were 236 traffic deaths that involved drugs in 2016, and 247 in 2018. "The Michigan State Police conducted a one-year Oral Fluid Roadside Analysis Pilot program, which concluded in November 2018, in five counties Berrien, Delta, Kent, St. Clair and Washtenaw, state police said in a statement. The DRE might also require the driver to submit a mouth swab for testing and refusal to provide one after a legal demand to do so is considered a civil infraction.Participating police departments include:

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