FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 4, 2015
CONTACT: Bill Bird @ 916-651-4029
Huff Introduces Measure to Combat Drugged Driving
News Conference Tomorrow to Demonstrate Use of New Roadside Screening Test
SACRAMENTO: Senator Bob Huff (R-San Dimas) will host a news conference tomorrow at the State Capitol to demonstrate new technology in the fight against the growing problem of drugged drivers on California roads. SB 1462 will allow law enforcement officers to use oral swab tests when there is probable cause that a driver is impaired and the driver has failed sobriety field tests.
The news conference will take place Tuesday, April 5th at 1:00 PM in the Governor’s Press Room 1190, at the California State Capitol.
SB 1462 is bipartisan legislation. Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) and Assemblyman Tom Lackey (R-Palmdale) have signed on as Principal Co-Authors and will take part in next Tuesday’s news conference. The legislation is also supported and sponsored by the California Police Chiefs Association, California Narcotic Officers Association and We Save Lives, an international coalition committed to saving lives by preventing crashes and crimes from the 3 Ds: Drunk, Drugged, and Distracted driving.
The news conference will include a live demonstration of the oral swab test. Other guest speakers will include: Michael J. Yraceburn, Supervising Deputy District Attorney with the Kern County District Attorney’s Office, Fred Delfino, Product Manager with Alere Toxiology, Richard Desmond with the California Highway Patrol Rocklin Police Chief Ron Lawrence, Ben Bradley, Operating Director with the Cannabis Industry Association and Domenica Cardenas, whose father was killed by a drugged driver.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHSTA) in 2014 found the percentage of drivers nationwide with drugs in their system to be rapidly increasing. Between 2007 and 2014, they recorded a 22 percent jump of drugged drivers on the road on weekend nights. In California, between 2009 and 2013, drivers killed in crashes that tested positive for drugs increased by more than 40 percent. SB 1462 will help make our roads safer by giving law enforcement a reliable tool to combat the growing problem of drugged driving.
Senator Huff represents the 29th Senate District covering portions of Los Angeles, Orange and San Bernardino Counties. Follow Senator Huff on Twitter at @bobhuff99.