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Police can handle drug-related DUI [Letter]

Writing as a retired street cop and a fierce enforcer of DUI laws, I am appalled that my colleagues in Maryland are not already trained to detect, test and arrest for non-alcohol DUI ("Authorities worried about drugged driving after new pot law takes effect," May 4). In Michigan, we learned such things when I was a rookie in the 1970s. Or were Frederick County State's Attorney Charles Smith and Montgomery County Police Chief Thomas Manger mistaken or just trying to scare folks?

Certainly, we have seen a drastic increase in driving and fatal accidents caused by drivers who took too much Oxycodone, Vicodin and other serious pain killers. And yes, driving under the influence of marijuana can be dangerous, and those drivers should go to jail. But if Chief Manger and Mr. Smith are accurate, who failed to train the officers in years past?

Howard J Wooldridge, Adamstown

The writer is co-founder of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition.

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