Washington roadside drug test: You could be next

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by BRIANA BERMENSOLO & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on June 6, 2014 at 6:06 PM

Updated Friday, Jun 6 at 6:58 PM

SPOKANE, Wash.--Spokane drivers were invited to pull over by choice in June by unarmed civilians in yellow vests and take a drug test in the name of research.

The tests were for Spokane County officials to get a better feel for how many impaired drivers were on the road. You remain completely anonymous when you take the test. You might be asked to give a saliva swab or a blood sample and take a drug and alcohol survey.

If you agreed to answer the volunteer’s questions about impaired driving, they would give you $60 for your time.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration was backing the project in every state. The total survey cost $250,000. Federal traffic safety grants were approved by congress. Spokane County safety leaders said the research dollars were worth it.

Spokane area leaders were happy that Spokane County was chosen as one of five counties to collect numbers. The testing was for 75 drugs, including legal, illegal and over the counter drugs.

Researchers were set to make a return visit to Washington and Colorado in the winter to see if driver’s survey answers changed once pot was being sold legally.

Spokane County leaders said it would use the final numbers to enhance driving education programs. Anyone found to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol during the test would be offered a cab ride home.
 

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