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Legislation to crack down on drivers under the influence of drugs moves forward in Lansing


LANSING (WKZO) -- Legislation's been introduced in the Michigan House to crack down on those who are caught driving under the influence of drugs. State Representative Dan Lauwers, of Saint Clair County, says that the legislation places a conditional bond on drivers who are arrested for operating under the influence of drugs. It also puts the bond into the Law Enforcement Information Network, and requires drugged drivers to be given a permit license similar what someone is given when they have a drunk driving conviction. Lauwers says it only makes sense to put the hammer down on drugged drivers.

"Being under the influence of anything that impairs your ability to operate a motor vehicle is against the law," Louwers said. "The problem is that we really didn't have a good system for two things: communicating between law enforcement agencies, and also getting repeat offenders off the road until their toxicology results are received and the prosecutor can take the case before a judge."

The legislation was approved by the House Judiciary Committee this week. It now goes on for consideration by the full chamber.