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.
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.
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."
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.
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.