Jonathan Oosting The Detroit News Published 2:38 PM EDT Mar 27, 2019 Lansing — Michigan should not set a strict standard for how much marijuana a driver can have in their system and should instead continue to rely on field sobriety tests to determine drugged driving, according to new recommendations by a state panel. Pot advocates wary of testing standards set in other states say the report confirms the unsettled science on marijuana impairment, while law enforcement and prosecutors say it reinforces the importance of officer training to detect signs of drugged driving as Michigan’s new recreational adult-use legalization law is implemented. The Impaired Driving Commission, created under a 2016 law and appointed by former Gov. Rick Snyder, dove into existing research and found “there is no scientifically supported threshold” to determine the amount of the main psychoactive chemical in marijuana that could conclusively prove impaired … [Read more...] about State panel: Science doesn’t support pot limit for drugged driving
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SPEEDING, recklessness and driving under the influence. Most people know the reasons why points are put on driving licences, but do you know the consequences? Here's an outline of how long they'll stay on record, how much they'll increase your insurance by and what happens if you try to pass them off to another motorist. How many points do I get for each offence? Speeding lands you three to six points depending on the amount you're over the limit. More stringent regulations were launched in April this year, and stated that up to 10mph over for a 30mph limit will result in three points. Eleven to 20mph over will mean four to six points, and driving over 50mph in a 30mph zone will carry a minimum of six points. Using a mobile device will result in a straight six points, while driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs carries three to 11 points at the most for causing death. A full list of offences and the points they carry can be found here. You will be disqualified from driving if … [Read more...] about How can I check my driving penalty points, what sentence does dangerous driving carry and how many points do you get before you lose your driving Licence?
Can you be pulled over and ordered to blow into a breathalyzer, under threat of arrest, for the simple act of returning empty liquor bottles in the middle of the day? Sure can, at least if you’re living north of the border. It happened to a 70-year-old man in Mississauga last weekend. As part of a massive package of laws enacted in mid-December, Canadian drivers are waking up to the knowledge that the legal standard of “reasonable suspicion” no longer exists when it comes to interactions with the police — at least when pertaining to the combination of alcohol and motor vehicles. This week, they’re learning it’s possible to face a drunk driving charge, even if you only started drinking after you got home. Oddly, the new booze laws stem from Canada’s recent legalization of marijuana. Seeking to soothe nervous citizens worried about stoned carnage on the roads, the governing Liberal Party passed Bill C-46, a raft of new laws designed to clamp down … [Read more...] about ‘A Serious Erosion of Civil Liberties’: Backlash Grows Over Canada’s New Impaired Driving Laws
BRITS face hefty fines and even a driving ban for getting behind the wheel after taking tablets to treat a nasty cold. Drugs bought from chemists or prescribed by doctors to treat flu can all cause drowsiness and affect your ability to drive. Which common cold and flu painkillers are illegal when driving? Painkillers used for headaches and body aches are included in drug-drive laws - and if found guilty, you could be handed an unlimited fine and a one-year driving ban. Codeine, for example, is an active ingredient in painkillers like Nurofen Plus, which many people use to treat the symptoms of the common flu. Also found in pain relief medications like Migraleve, Syndol, Solpadeine and Boots brand tablets, it can cause drowsiness or dizziness and may even affect your hearing, which can have a dangerous impact on your ability to drive. Drug-drive laws state that if you have more than 80 micrograms of codeine per litre of blood in your system, you will face a penalty - but even … [Read more...] about Taking these common painkillers and cold medicines could land you an UNLIMITED fine and a one year driving ban
By Dug Begley and St. John Barned-Smith Updated 5:46 pm CDT, Tuesday, September 18, 2018 Houston Police officer Aaron Richberg conducts a drunk driving test during a traffic stop. Houston Police officer Aaron Richberg conducts a drunk driving test during a traffic stop. Photo: Godofredo A. Vasquez/Houston Chronicle Photo: Godofredo A. Vasquez/Houston Chronicle Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 Houston Police officer Aaron Richberg conducts a drunk driving test during a traffic stop. Houston Police officer Aaron Richberg conducts a drunk driving test during a traffic stop. Photo: Godofredo A. Vasquez/Houston Chronicle Houston has an impaired driving problem. Solutions are available, but they can be taxing 1 / 1 Back to … [Read more...] about Houston has an impaired driving problem. Solutions are available, but they can be taxing