LA to push new drug test for New Year's crackdown

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles drivers pulled over on New Year's Eve may get on-the-spot tests for more than just too much champagne.

In this year's annual driving-under-the-influence crackdown, LA City Attorney Mike Feuer (FYOO'-uhr) is pushing for expanded use of a new oral swab test that checks for marijuana, cocaine and other drugs.

The Los Angeles Times ( reports Friday that the test is already in circulation but has been used just 50 times in the city this year, and has yet to be presented as evidence.

Feuer says the city has traditionally focused on — and made far more arrests for — drunken driving, but he's looking to aggressively enforce all impaired-driving laws.

The optional drug test provides quicker screening than the blood tests that are required for DUI arrests.


Information from: Los Angeles Times,