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Proposed Illinois bill to drug test all new drivers

In the Daily Vidette:

As proposed by state Rep. Roger Eddy, House Bill 262 states that an applicant for an instruction permit who is under the age of 18 must undergo testing for controlled substances and cannabis and must be found to be free of controlled substances and cannabis before he or she may receive an instruction permit.

Yes, another stupid bill so someone can say that they’re tough on drugs. Wonder if the media will get anybody to comment on it who doesn’t have their head up their ass. Wait a second — who’s this guy? …

“I think it is ridiculous, silly, inappropriate and ineffective. Here’s the issue. Really what you need to be dealing with when it comes to driving is impaired driving. Drug testing at the time of permit or license has absolutely nothing to do with that. What it does is simply go out of its way to target young people who have used marijuana, regardless if it has anything to do with their driving,” Guither said. […]
According to Guither, every study done has shown that alcohol is the more dangerous factor when it comes to road safety.
“It is not even a close consideration with marijuana, which is somewhat in the same area as cell phone usage and being tired,” he said. “It’s really just a way for Congress to act tough. It is just not constitutionally a good idea.”

Hey, that’s me!

[Thanks, Micah]

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