- Associated Press - Thursday, October 2, 2014

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - The Michigan Legislature has given final approval to bills designed to give police more tools to arrest drivers under the influence of drugs.

The legislation sent to Gov. Rick Snyder Thursday would allow a preliminary roadside analysis not just for suspected alcohol use but also for controlled and other intoxicating substances. Legislators voted to put a conditional bond on suspected drugged drivers and require that the information be entered into a law enforcement database.

Republican Rep. Dan Lauwers of Brockway Township says drugged and drunken drivers should be treated the same under the law “because they have the same capacity to harm innocent lives.”

Lawmakers earlier this year removed a provision proposing a roadside saliva test for controlled substances. Critics say that could lead to arrests of medical marijuana patients.

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