Drunk driving arrests are at a new low throughout the country, but a new danger is lurking behind the wheel and officers all around the country are receiving training on how to recognize drugged driving. Unfortunately, the protocol is not yet foolproof, lots of DUI drug arrests involving perfectly sober individuals.
DUI Drug Arrests Are Currently Being “Played by Ear”
While studies have shown that drugged driving causes more lethal accidents than driving under the influence of alcohol, police officers don’t have an efficient way to test whether or not a driver is impaired by an illegal substance. Lacking a glorified breath analyzer that can detect drugs on the spot, officers must rely on their intuition.
However, in Cobb County, Georgia, some officers are taking their new responsibilities to the extreme, arresting a record number of individuals, some of them innocent. Officer Tracy Carroll alone being responsible for putting three innocent people behind bars. Even though the cases were tossed, those three individuals will have a permanent stain on their record due to a police officer’s need to exceed expectations.
Innocent People Were Arrested in Cobb County
Katelyn Ebner was returning from her bartending job when she crossed the center line and was pulled over by Officer Carroll. She took a breath analyzer test, and the result was negative. Then, the policeman determined that she showed all the signs of drug impairment and proceeded to arrest her, even if no drugs were found in her possession.
After spending a night in jail, her blood and urine tests came back negative. Nevertheless, it took four months for the police to dismiss her case. During all this time, she no longer had a license to serve alcohol, so was unable to go back to work.
The same happened to Princess Mbamara and an Auburn University student. Both have been arrested by Officer Carol; none was guilty. Nonetheless, the Cobb County Police Department exonerated the man, who is a certified drug recognition expert who spent a month learning how to identify a drugged driver and one of the 7 drugs the driver could have taken.
In the meantime, police officers are positive some tests results come back wrong, and not that their training is still in need of polishing. Only last month their over-the-top actions were honored by Mothers Against Drunk Driving, officer Tracy Carroll receiving a silver medal for 90 successful arrests. While everybody should stay clear of drugs and alcohol before getting behind the wheel, the DUI drug arrests that lack justification are beginning to become scarier than impaired drivers on the road.
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