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State police to expand swabbing drivers for drugs

February 27, 2019
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LANSING — A program that had some police officers in five Michigan counties asking drivers to allow a swab of their mouth to determine if they've been using any drugs is being expanded statewide.

Michigan State Police said it's part of an effort to cut down on so-called drugged driving.

The initial one-year pilot program started in late 2017 in Berrien, Delta, Kent, St. Clair and Washtenaw counties.

Police officers who are trained as drug recognition experts collected oral fluid if they suspected a driver is impaired by a drug. During the initial pilot program, it was used on 92 drivers.

State police said the roadside test correlated well with lab test and blood test results.

It will take a few months before it's launched statewide.

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