About this series
Investigative reporter Ally Donnelly spent months with victims, families, police officers, prosecutors, lawmakers, defense attorneys, and suspects to reveal an alarming picture of drugged driving in Massachusetts. Law enforcement says it is losing the battle to stop it. Void of the proper tools and legislation to keep drugged drivers off the roads, police are increasingly frustrated. "Somebody can pop Vicodin or do a line of coke or do heroin and get a slap on the wrist and get sent back out on the street again," said one veteran officer.
Part 1

The Drugged Driving Epidemic

About 4,000 drivers who die in crashes each year across the country have drugs in their systems, and in Massachusetts drugged driving citations have jumped nearly 225 percent in the past five years. "Police officers on the streets feel like they're spinning their tires," one police chief said.

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Part 2

Training to Recognize Drug-Impaired Drivers

We follow along with Massachusetts law enforcement officers participating in a comprehensive training program in Arizona where they observe people recently jailed for drug offenses to learn how to recognize when drivers are impaired by a substance other than alcohol.

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Part 3

The Unseen Victims of Drugged Driving

A look at the often unseen victims of drugged driving and the effect it has on their lives. "It could be your family. It could have been your family just as easily as it was mine," said a woman whose sister was killed by a driver high on heroin. "It's scary."

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Part 4

Massachusetts State Police, Roadside Drug Test

We get an exclusive and intimate look as Massachusetts State Police test a rapid, roadside test that could change state law. Watch troopers test alleged drugged drivers and hear why those drivers say they get behind the wheel. “I only smoke on the way home, that’s it,” said one man arrested for OUI-drugs.

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Part 5

Massachusetts Struggles to Keep Drugged Drivers Off the Road

As Massachusetts prosecutors deal with the rising number of drugged driving arrests, they are hampered by not having an approved roadside drug test, like a breathalyzer for alcohol. “That should be frightening to all of us,” said a local district attorney.

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