Originally Posted by Bubblehead
Personally I don't care if someone wants to stay home and smoke some pot, drink a little J.D. or swill a few bottles of the local brew. However I do believe that we have too many impaired drivers on our roads now and I don't want to add to that through the legalization of drugs.
The police can test for alcohol levels and if a person is over the limit they get a trip to the county lock-up. However it's my understanding that there is no similar test for pot. So how do we control those who are driving under the influence of "weed"?
Combine driving under the influence of a "substance" with impairments due to phoning, texting, eating, etc., and more people are going to get "whacked" on the roadways and I really don't want to be one of them.
I also think that a society that is looking for drug tax money to bail them out of the fiscal hole they're in, is pretty sick to begin with.
This is already solved... AZ (and other states) changed from charging DWI to DUI back in the 80's. Which isnt to say you cant still be charged DUI.
The distinction makes it clear though... DUI requires a blood test, or a breathalyzer or some other such method to determine the exact BAC at the time of arrest...
DWI is a police cars recorder showing a stoned... stoner... walking just as stupid as a drunk, and guess what, he or she, are not fit to drive and shouldnt have done it!!!
That's the ticket people.... DUI. States do NOT need a blood or breathalyzer test to convict on alcohol, so why would they need it for pot?
And let's just clear the air here once and for all, even if you don't like my argument... YOU STILL LOSE.
The officers can just start writing "Wreckless Op" or whatever it's called in your jurisdiction. Instant 8 point ticket, no more license, and totally a "judgement call" so good luck fighting that one!