Driving While under the Influence of Drugs

In Georgia you can be arrested and prosecuted for driving a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs.  Some law enforcement officers have completed the Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (A.R.I.D.E.) course and are trained to conduct additional tests to determine if someone should be arrested for operating a vehicle under the influence of drugs.  I just completed the course, the same one that law enforcement officer complete in their training.  I learned about the three additional tests that are used on the roadside to determine if someone is under the influence of a drug.  Drugs are broken down into seven categories:  CNS Depressants, CNS Stimulants, Hallucinogens, Dissociative Anesthetics, Narcotic Analgesics, Inhalants, and Cannabis.To test for a subject for operating a vehicle DUI-Drugs, the look at general indicators and place them into a matrix to determine what drug you are under the influence of.   They are required to administer the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus (HGN), Vertical Gaze Nystagmus (VGN), Walk and Turn and One Leg Stand tests.  Next they perform three more evaluations:  Pupil Size Observation, Lack of Convergence and the Romberg Balance Test.  Written by Richard N. Blevins, visit my website.

Written by Allen Trapp who is board certified by the National College for DUI Defense and the author of Georgia DUI Survival Guide Visit Website

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