Combating the Drug-impaired Driver: A Prescription for Safer Highways

Report No: 86-R20

Published in 1985

About the report:

Virginia's implied consent law did not require a driver to submit to a chemical analysis of body fluids to determine drug content. Additionally, the section on driving under the influence of drugs did not clearly define the degree of impairment necessary to constitute a violation. The report recommended that provisions for drug testing be included in the implied consent statute and that officers be trained in the identification of drug impairment.

Disclaimer Statement:The contents of this report reflect the views of the author(s), who is responsible for the facts and the accuracy of the data presented herein. The contents do not necessarily reflect the official views or policies of the Virginia Department of Transportation, the Commonwealth Transportation Board, or the Federal Highway Administration. This report does not constitute a standard, specification, or regulation. Any inclusion of manufacturer names, trade names, or trademarks is for identification purposes only and is not to be considered an endorsement.


Other Authors

Eric Paltell, Mark L. Booz

Last updated: February 10, 2024

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