Michigan State Police rolls out roadside drug testing pilot for 5 counties

Posted at 10:46 PM, Nov 08, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-08 22:47:37-05

We all know that change can be a tough pill to swallow for some folks, but sometimes, change can save lives. 

Nov. 8 marks a brand new day for some Michigan motorists: it’s day one of the Preliminary Oral Fluid Analysis Pilot Program.

The one-year pilot program will be implemented in Berrien, Kent, Delta, St. Clair and Washtenaw Counties. 

Trained Drug Recognition Experts will administer these roadside drug tests. These members of law enforcement know precisely what to look for if drugs have you impaired. 

If you are suspected of driving drunk, you blow into a breathalyzer. Now, if law enforcement suspects you of driving on drugs, the motorist will get mouth swabbed with a machine. 

Many Michiganders may have questions about this program, like if the test can be refused.

“You can refuse it. If you do refuse the test, you will be issued a civil infraction citation for it. When you get your license, you give complied consent that upon the request of a police officer, you’d either submit to this or a preliminary breath test," says Michigan State Trooper Jeffrey Schmerheim.