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Senator Dave Robertson District Email Newsletter

Robertson supports legislation to protect motorists

Driving under the influence of a controlled substance is just as dangerous as drunk driving. I recently supported legislation to crack down on drugged drivers.

Senate Bills 207 and 434 would create a pilot program in five counties to allow law enforcement officers certified as drug recognition experts to conduct roadside testing of the use of controlled substances. Drivers who are stopped under reasonable cause would have their saliva tested for the presence of cannabis, opiates, cocaine and methamphetamine. The procedure is similar to that of a breathalyzer test for alcohol.

The legislation, prompted by a tragic accident caused by a drugged driver, has been sent to the House for consideration.


Tips to prevent auto theft

Motor vehicle thefts happen year-round with nearly half of the thefts occurring when the keys are left in the ignition or a door is left unlocked.

Along with keeping your doors locked, Michigan’s Automobile Theft Prevention Authority (ATPA) advises motorists to keep a close eye on the vehicle if you leave it running to warm up during our cold winter weather. The agency also encourages motorists to avoid leaving valuables in the vehicle.

In the mid-1980s, Michigan had the highest auto theft rate in the nation. The ATPA — a collaborative effort of law enforcement, communities and business — was formed in 1986 to help reduce vehicle thefts in the state.

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Senator Dave Robertson
P.O. Box 30036
Lansing, MI 48909-7536

Toll Free: (855) 347-8014 or (517) 373-1636

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