Police, driving groups back Baker bill to crack down on drugged driving

With substances like marijuana increasingly playing a role in impaired driving crashes, a string of law enforcement officials and their allies on Tuesday urged lawmakers to expand the tools available to rein in drugged motorists.

Police can currently charge drivers with operating under the influence of drugs, but supporters of a bill filed by Gov. Charlie Baker say existing state law makes enforcement more difficult than in cases involving alcohol, where Breathalyzers and other tools are common.

“We are seeing more and more victim cases come through our office where crashes have involved marijuana and other drugs,” Mary Kate DePamphilis, director of Mothers Against Drunk Driving Massachusetts, told the Judiciary Committee.

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