- Associated Press - Thursday, April 21, 2016

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - The Vermont House has passed a bill allowing police to test a driver’s saliva to see if they might be impaired by drugs.

The bill also sets new limits above which a driver is considered intoxicated when the saliva test shows evidence of both alcohol and marijuana.

The new level for alcohol would be a blood-alcohol level of 0.05, down from 0.08, when in combination with 1.5 nanograms of marijuana’s active ingredient.

The legislation comes as lawmakers grapple separately with legalizing possession of small amounts of marijuana. Law enforcement officials have voiced concerns that there would be more impaired drivers on the road.

Along with marijuana, the new saliva test would check for the presence of about a half-dozen other drugs.

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