In the state of Georgia, anyone suspected of DUI is subject to a number of field sobriety tests to determine whether a driver is unfit to operate a vehicle. While most people may associate a DUI with alcohol consumption, it also includes the use of drugs. With breath tests as a frequently used roadside test to determine an individual’s blood alcohol content detected in the breath, there has not been a similar device to determine the presence of drugs, until now.
A group of researchers from the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden conducted a study proving illegal substances such as cannabis, cocaine and amphetamines can be detected in the breath, opening up the possibility of a roadside drug breathalyzer test. 47 participants who had used drugs in the previous 24 hours submitted blood, breath, plasma and urine samples. The breath samples were collected using a small portable breath sampling device that consisted of a mouth piece and a micro-particle filter. Tiny particles that carry non-volatile substances (a substance that can’t be changed from a solid or liquid into a vapor) and have been inhaled or consumed contaminates the airway lining fluid and are subsequently passed through open airways when exhaled, trapping the micro-particles in a filter that can be sealed and stored for testing.
Similar to field sobriety tests conducted in DUI cases, drug tests may be administered roadside using the same breath test method. With the possible drug breathalyzer test, police will be able to detect drugs and convict drivers of a DUI if drugs are present in their results. As a Gwinnett traffic attorney with over 18 years of experience representing clients for DUI offenses, Mickey Roberts often reminds his clients to follow the 4 simple rules to understand their rights and to avoid incriminating themselves.
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