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Police Kick Off Program to Warrantlessly Test Saliva to Check for 'Drugged Driving'

•, By Jay Syrmopoulos

Michigan State Police have begun a year-long pilot program, being held in five Michigan counties, to warrantlessly test the saliva of drivers suspected of drugged driving.

"The five-county pilot program will be used to help determine accuracy and reliability of the tests," Gov. Snyder said in June after signing the bill into law, as MLive reported.

Residents of these five unlucky counties will be forced to act as guinea pigs by the state, in what is sure to be an exercise in trampling on civil and constitutional rights of individuals.

The program calls for Drug Recognition Experts (DRE officers), a designation given to cops who earn a designation certifying them to visually recognize if a person is under the influence of a controlled substance, to administer the tests.

"Saliva analysis will only be administered by a DRE, [Banner] said, and will be given along with the drug recognition 12-step evaluation currently used. DREs employed by state, county and municipal agencies could also be involved," according to MLive.

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