DUID Victim Voices

Education and promoting effective laws to reduce Driving Under the Influence of Drugs (DUID)

About DUID Victim Voices:

Many voices are heard when a state considers stronger DUID laws. The voices of the marijuana lobby, law enforcement professionals, forensic toxicologists, and drug users typically dominate. DUID Victim Voices represents the interests of the victims of drugged driving, providing fact-based education and a victim perspective to decision makers and to the general public.

Background

All states define alcohol DUI per se with laboratory tests that prove impairment by a blood alcohol level greater than .08 gm/dl for adults and greater than zero (or .02 gm/dl) for minors. Laboratory tests are routinely performed for all suspected alcohol DUI cases. Only 17 states define drug DUI (DUID) per se by objective laboratory tests.

Three additional states have established permissible limits for marijuana’s active THC in drivers, but these limits are a poor substitute for comprehensive drug per se laws. All other states use more difficult, costly, and subjective means to prove DUID on a case-by-case basis, with highly variable results.

Governor Rauner, please consider the consequences

The following was delivered to Illinois Governor Rauner’s office Tuesday, May 26, 2015:

We ask you to exercise your line item veto authority when signing HB 218, Cannabis Penalties. This bill, drafted to decriminalize marijuana, also eliminates Illinois’ ability to successfully prosecute drivers under the influence of marijuana by creating the nation’s first 15 ng/ml Δ9 THC per se law. We ask that you strike the per se provision when signing the bill into law.READ MORE

Kill Illinois HB 218

Illinois is considering HB 218, a measure that would decriminalize marijuana. While this may be a laudable goal, HB 218 achieves its objective by throwing victims of stoned driving under the bus. Illinois currently is blessed with one of the Read More

Proposed changes to Highway Safety Bill

Congress provides both incentives and threats to States to encourage them to improve highway safety.  Incentives come in the form of grants to States that successfully adopt practices to reduce impaired driving.  The national DUI alcohol per Read More