Watch for Drugged Drivers this Holiday Weekend

By: Matt Barbour Email
By: Matt Barbour Email

With the holiday weekend approaching, state police officials remind you to be aware of people driving under the influence. One Kentucky lawmaker says it's a good time to shed light on drugged driving legislation.

For Trooper Scott Hopkins, driving under the influence is personal.

“Every time you get behind the wheel, whether you're operating a motor vehicle under alcohol or drugs, you are endangering my family and your family,” says Hopkins.

It is also personal for Senator Ray Jones. For the past two years he has been fighting for legislation that would make it easier to prosecute those who use drugs and drive.

“It says if you're driving with a drug in your system, that you don't have a prescription for, or an illegal drug, such as cocaine, or methamphetamine, then you're 'per say' guilty of DUI,” says Jones.

He says current state police toxicologists are only certified to perform drug tests, not interpret the results.

“They're not qualified to testify as to how the drugs at those particular levels would impair someone's ability to operate a motor vehicle,” says Jones.

That's why he says he'll continue to push for a new law.

“No one wants to lose a loved one to a drugged driver or a drunk driver,” he says.

“We will be out there attempting to locate anyone violating any type of motor vehicle violation, including that of impaired driving, whether it's alcohol or drugs,” says Trooper Hopkins.

He says it is something to keep in mind as you hit the road for the long holiday weekend.

The proposed legislation passed the Senate last time it was brought up for vote, but failed to pass the House. Senator Jones says he'll be working between now and January to drum up support for the bill.

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