BEWARE! The roadside drug tests via saliva also gives your DNA to the state. Such an invasion of privacy is unconscionable AND unconstitutional.
JUST SAY NO–TO ROADSIDE DRUG TESTING LINK
Established by the Michigan Legislature, under Public Acts 242 and 243 of 2016, the program involves having specially trained police officers (Drug Recognition Experts or DREs) do roadside drug tests of saliva of those suspected of driving while impaired (DWI) by common drugs such as amphetamines, opiates, marijuana, meth, cocaine and benzodiazepines.
Each of 26 Drug Recognition Experts, working for a dozen police agencies within the five counties, will carry a device called the Alere DDS2 oral fluid test instrument, which will be used to measure for the presence of drugs in drivers’ saliva. A specialized swab inserted into the drivers’ mouth tells officers when there is enough saliva on it to be tested. This swab is then inserted into the bottom of the device and in about five minutes it gives either a positive or negative result.
In those counties, the police still need a valid reason to make a traffic stop, and the DREs are trained to only conduct a saliva test after several other protocols have been followed, including well known field sobriety tests, to alert them that impairment may be present. Due to the intrusive nature of the test, a driver has the right to refuse the oral swab. This right comes with a cost just like refusing to consent to a breathalyzer, however, in that the driver will be given a civil infraction with a hefty $200 fine.
Yet, if you do happen to venture into one of these counties and get stopped and are asked to submit to an ‘oral fluid test’, I would recommend you take the $200 fine and refuse their offer. I suggest you do this even if you’re like me and you’ve never taken one of these drugs in your life. Even if you are okay with having your rights violated, refuse. It potentially can save you from being criminally convicted and/or suffering monetary damage of which a couple of hundred dollars would seem cheap. Trust me, but if you don’t…