Posts filed under Drug Testing

Marijuana Breathalyzers: Coming to a DUI Checkpoint Near You

By now, everyone knows (or should know) that driving high can lead to a DUI. And although marijuana laws have been relaxed, no state will ever allow a “stoned” driver to operate a motor vehicle. Testing to determine whether a person is “driving high” is expensive, time consuming, and limited to the analysis of blood… (read more)

DUI Field Sobriety Tests in Ohio and Marijuana: What is the Relevancy?

The standardized field sobriety tests (SFST) which are discussed in detail on a previous blog are routinely administered when a driver is pulled over for D.U.I.  The police will request that the driver perform three tasks: 1) the horizontal gaze nystagmus (HGN) which requires the following of a pen with your eyes while the officer… (read more)

Drive High and Get a DUI

The legalization of marijuana for recreational use in Colorado has raised some interesting issues.  The first issue is whether it is legal to smoke and drive.  Many people in Colorado who are enjoying this new liberty have mistakenly believed that the D.U.I laws pertain to alcohol only.  In response to this misconception, the Colorado Department… (read more)

Drug Recognition Experts: An Effective Tool or Junk Science?

Imagine a situation where someone is driving erratically, crossing over lanes, swerving, and seems to be impaired.  Police pull this driver over and does a field sobriety test which includes a breathalyzer, but no alcohol is detected in their system because the driver didn’t drink alcohol, but took drugs instead.   If it seems the driver… (read more)

Can the Police Pull You Over for Being a Buckeye Fan?

Buckeye leaf similar to the ones on Ohio State team helmets are commonly displayed by fans in various ways including sticking them to their car.

Apparently, being a Ohio State fan is not only an infraction in Michigan. Recently in Tennessee, a couple in their mid-60’s were driving down the highway with a Buckeye leaf symbol affixed to their car. They were stopped by a pair of black SUV’s containing officers wearing body armor and carrying guns (possibly a drug… (read more)

Marijuana & Ohio DUI Laws

In all 50 states, drivers can be guilty of DUI (driving under the influence) if they have been using marijuana. There’s increased focus on marijuana and impaired driving, especially after 2 states – Colorado and Washington – legalized marijuana’s recreational use. In Ohio, marijuana isn’t legal for recreational nor medical purposes; however, it is helpful… (read more)