Authorities find problem with recent drugged driving law; fix expected soon from Legislature


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LANSING, Michigan — Authorities say there's a problem with a recent Michigan law allowing police to conduct a preliminary roadside analysis for drugs and other intoxicating substances in addition to alcohol.

The Detroit News reports ( ) lawmakers inadvertently changed the law to prevent field sobriety tests from being used as evidence in court for drunken driving cases.

State Rep. Dan Lauwers, a Republican from St. Clair County's Brockway Township, says it's an unintended "technical" error that the Legislature likely will correct this month.

An East Lansing judge ruled last month field sobriety tests were inadmissible as evidence to a jury in a case before him.

Under the new law, a conditional bond is to be placed on motorists arrested for drugged driving and information is to be entered into a law enforcement database.

Information from: The Detroit News,

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