WILLOW GROVE, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Working in conjunction with StopDUID.org,
Labs has released an updated compilation of the laws in all 50
states dealing with alcohol impaired driving and driving under the
influence of drugs (DUID). Dr.
Barry Logan, Vice President of Forensic Science Initiatives at NMS
Labs, introduced the report saying, "There is a huge increase in
awareness among lawmakers and the driving public about the influence of
drugs on driving and the consequences of mixing drugs with alcohol. This
document puts existing state laws at the fingertips of policy makers and
allows them to compare how well their state is positioned on this
important issue relative to their neighbors."
The report's format, originally compiled for NHTSA
by the Walsh group in 2002, and again dui lawyers in 2009, has been a key reference
document and an invaluable resource for allowing state legislatures,
traffic safety professionals and federal policy makers track nationwide
progress of impaired driving laws.
The report also includes a summary table that allows a quick comparison
of key features of effective legislation including circumstances in
which drug testing is required, sanctions for first and subsequent DUI
offenses, whether the state has a DUID per se law, and if oral fluid
drug testing is permissible for DUID testing purposes.
"With increased research activity in the area of driving under the
influence of drugs, there is better appreciation of the fact that
alcohol is not the only risk factor for impairment. Some drivers combine
alcohol with their drug use and this issue is not addressed under the influence by the laws
in many states," Dr. Logan Explains. "The advent of more widespread
medical marijuana laws and decriminalization and legalization of
recreational marijuana in some states has further raised the profile of
the drugged driving issue. This makes it crucial to be able to track
different approaches taken by states with respect to their marijuana and
driving laws, and work towards best practices."
The project was carried out as collaboration between NMS Labs and StopDUID.org.
StopDUID.org is a website with real time updated links to changes in
legislation regarding alcohol, drugs and driving as new laws and
policies are put in place by state legislatures. The website also tracks
pending legislation state by state on DUI and DUID related issues.
To download a free copy of A State-by-State Analysis of Laws Dealing
With Driving under the Influence of Drugs report, click
here or visit StopDUID.org
About NMS Labs
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include clinical, forensic and research capabilities, dedicated and
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trained professionals. NMS Labs is passionate about promoting public
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