Baltimore Car Accident Lawyers: The Growing Problem of Drugged DrivingJuly 18, 2016
Until recently, a DUI arrest usually meant that the driver was under the influence of alcohol. Unfortunately, there has been a significant spike in the number of DUI arrests that are drug-related. Many states report an increase in the number of drugged driving arrests since 2014. The challenge for the arresting officers is to be able to determine whether the driver has been using drugs, and if so, what drug they are using.
For Maryland police, keeping the roadways safe from potential car accidents is a top priority, and keeping impaired drivers off the roads is a large part of achieving that goal. However, this involves a great deal of training and education, which takes time and money. Officers must pass a rigorous test in order to be Drug Recognition Experts, or DREs. DREs are trained to be able to tell whether a driver is under the influence of drugs based on the driver’s pulse, blood pressure, body temperature, pupil size, and how his or her eyes react to light.
The process to become a certified DRE is known for its rigor. Officers who take the exam must achieve a perfect score in order to be considered a DRE. In addition to the exam, officers must perform well in simulated experiences in the field and know the names and effects of a wide range of drugs. DREs must also be able to determine the difference between someone who is under the influence of drugs versus someone who may be suffering from a medical or mental disorder.
Maryland Car Accident Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Represent Victims of Drugged Driving Car Accidents
Any type of driver impairment can result in a car accident. If you have been injured in a car accident involving a driver who is under the influence of drugs, you are urged to contact the Maryland car accident lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton as soon as possible. We will review the details of your case and pursue the maximum financial compensation that you deserve. For a complimentary consultation, call us today at 800-547-4LAW (4529) or contact us online.
Our offices are located in Baltimore, Columbia, Glen Burnie, and Towson, allowing us to represent injured accident victims and their families throughout Maryland, including those in Anne Arundel County, Carroll County, Harford County, Howard County, Montgomery County, Maryland’s Western Counties, Southern Maryland and the Eastern Shore, as well as the communities of Catonsville, Essex, Halethorpe, Middle River, Rosedale, Gwynn Oak, Brooklandville, Dundalk, Pikesville, Parkville, Nottingham, Windsor Mill, Lutherville, Timonium, Sparrows Point Ridgewood, and Elkridge.