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This Legislation Could Keep Everyone Safe From Drugged Drivers

police stopping vehicle suspected of drugged driving

Drug-involved crash fatalities are up 33% in the last 5 years. That means at least one drug on the PHL list was found in the driver’s system – and those are only the substances they tested for. New York is one of only 4 states using this woefully inadequate and antiquated system contrary to the recommendation of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). The Deadly Driving Bill corrects this issue.

Please be aware that the PSA is legally correct. If anyone tells you that police officers “can” make a drugged driving arrest under the circumstances captured on the PSA’s body worn camera, you should be aware that there is a distinction between taking the suspect driver into the precinct to offer a chemical test and filing legally sufficient charges. If charges were filed in the attached video clip and the drug impairing the driver could not be named as one on the Public Health Law (PHL) section 3306 list, the charges would have to be dismissed as legally insufficient.

Watch the YouTube video to see why it is important this legislation gets passed.