Over 70 law enforcement officers across Ohio have completed a training program that helps them to recognize when a driver is under the influence of drugs. The training began in 2010 and last year the officers, called “certified drug-recognition experts,” performed nearly 500 evaluations after road stops in the state.
A drug-recognition expert assessment consists of a few things once the driver and expert have reported to the police station – an interview, checking of vital signs, measurement of pupil size, a muscle tone check, and the obtaining of urine and blood samples. Law enforcement officials praise the assessments, saying that while urine and blood tests can reveal some results, they cannot tell the story of what was happening at the exact moment. It is reported that these experts have an accuracy rate of 86%.
That’s not good enough for a lot of defense lawyers in Ohio, as they say the evaluations and assessments are not scientifically accurate.
What’s your take on drug-recognition experts and their assessments? Currently, they are active in most states. Would you rather law enforcement relied solely on blood and urine samples, or do you think further evaluation is necessary and helpful?