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Police Develop New Tool Called Marijuana Googles

Police in Clovis, CA have developed a new tool to help crack down on driving impaired but this unique device doesn’t detect alcohol they are calling it marijuana googles, a tool that apparently proves you’ve smoked to much marijuana and are unfit to drive a vehicle.

abc30.com reports:

Police across the Valley have their eyes out for drunk drivers. But in this day and age, it’s not just alcohol they’re worried about.

“What’s happening down the road is a lot of people are overmedicating themselves, and that’s where they start becoming impaired. We’re taking a special look at that, and it is a violation of the law,” Clovis Police Officer Mark Bradford said.

Bradford is one of six drug recognition experts in the department. Officers are seeing a disturbing trend of more people being arrested for impaired driving. Recently, the department got a new tool to educate the public: marijuana goggles.

“A lot of people are really amazed on how much they feel impaired just putting those goggles on,” Bradford said.

The perspective is one that’s much different. Walking a straight line is a challenge. Officers say seeing drivers overmedicated or high is happening too often.

“What we’re seeing now is those that are impaired by prescription drugs at 8 o’clock, 9 o’clock, 10 o’clock, 1 o’clock, 2 o’clock, 3 o’clock in the afternoon because they’re taking their kids to school,” Clovis Police Cpl. John Weaver said.

With the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign underway, officers are taking extra steps to ensure everyone’s safety now through the Labor Day holiday.

“You can count on having extra officers out there every single night. That’s what they’re looking for. They’re not looking for just the alcohol; they’re looking for those drug DUIs. There’s no place to hide,” Weaver said.

Officers want to remind Valley residents to designate a sober driver this holiday so they don’t end up behind bars. The Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign lasts through Sept. 7.

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Richard Lowe

Richard Lowe is a 14-year veteran of the financial sector with licenses as a commodity broker (Series 3) and investment advisor representative (IAR Series 65). Along with a focus on raising capital for the firms he was employed with, he also wrote and edited much of the content published by them. He holds a BA in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts. He has been a longtime advocate for marijuana legalization due to the social injustices associated with marijuana prohibition and the strong potential for the medicinal benefits of cannabis.

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3 Comments

  1. So what are the “googles”? And why the reference to marijuana when the officer appears most concerned (as he should be) about intoxication from presciption pharmaceuticals?

  2. Sure would have been nice to watch the video on this page. Couldn’t figure out how to get the loud talking to stop. Won’t ever be clicking on a link to this page again, BOO!

  3. Well, that’s the stupidest thing I’ve seen in a good while. They’re just champing at the bit to find anything to lock people up for, regardless of what the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says, which boils down to “It’s as safe as driving sober but don’t do it”. Authoritarian nincompoops.

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