The Governors Highway Safety Association calls itself "The State's Voice on Highway Safety" and holds annual training meetings to indoctrinate law enforcement agencies all across the country. However, the GHSA should genuinely call itself "The Alcohol Industry's Voice," as its latest report is entirely funded by the alcohol industry in a blatant attempt to paint cannabis users as the real highway villains.
GHSA's report was funded completely by the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility (www.responsibility.org) and is titled "Drug-Impaired Driving: Marijuana and Opioids Raise Critical Issues for States." The report was quickly broadcast across mainstream media outlets who are also largely funded by the alcohol industry's advertisements. Curiously absent from the media coverage though was the fact the report was entirely paid for by Responsibility.org.
GHSA's report pins the blame for impaired driving deaths on cannabis and opioids. Listed in the report are a number of disturbing encouragements to law enforcement agencies:
1. Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE) for a "majority" of police officers
2. Implementation of "oral fluid devices" to test for drugs
3. Increasing the number of Drug Recognition Experts (DRE's)
4. Training of judges and prosecutors to enforce Driving Under the Influence of Drugs (DUID) laws
5. Train officers to investigate drug impairment even when alcohol is suspected in DUI cases
6. Authorize electronic search warrants for drug tests
7. Penalize people when they refuse drug tests
8. Require blood testing for drugs
9. Establishment of DUID laws equivalent to DUI laws
10. Drug-testing fatally injured drivers as well as any and all surviving drivers where a fatality has occurred