As of October 1st, drivers in Michigan will be subject to an “oral fluid” drug test. This comes after a controversial pilot program which returned false positives almost a third of the time.
The initial pilot took place in only a few counties. With just a handful of Michigan State Police trained as Drug Recognition Experts (DREs), only 92 roadside drug tests had been given by the time the pilot ended in late 2018. Of those, MSP says that 29 tests showed positive results which were later contradicted by much more accurate blood tests.
Despite the dubious results, Michigan hailed the program as a success and has rolled it out to the entire state, calling it the Oral Fluid Roadside Analysis Pilot Program.
MSP First Lieutenant Shannon Sims told Mlive that “the general motoring public will have no contact with the oral fluid program” because the test will only be used “when there’s suspicion” that someone may be under the influence of drugs while driving.
For those who are concerned however, there doesn’t appear to be an easy solution. Submitting to the test can lead to a false positive, but refusing the test may result in a civil infraction.