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New drug testing could save LMPD thousands of dollars

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On Wednesday, Louisville Metro Council's public safety committee approved the city using a $25,000 state grant. On Wednesday, Louisville Metro Council's public safety committee approved the city using a $25,000 state grant.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Louisville Metro Police are moving forward with a road side drug testing pilot program.

The program is only being used by three other law enforcement agencies across Kentucky. On Wednesday, Louisville Metro Council's public safety committee approved the city using a $25,000 state grant.

“It would be just one of the tools used to determine whether or not a person is under the influence,” said Louisville Metro Police Major Kelly Jones.

Because this a pilot program, and still being tested, any results gathered from the test would still have to be gathered and sent to the state crime lab to be tested against the standard testing used. LMPD says other organizations that use similar testing procedures have seen high rates of reliability.

“The goal of the swabbing for the state is to make the swab what the portable breathalyzer test is to drunk driving,” Kelly said during Wednesday's public safety meeting.

Right now, LMPD says tests can take up to six months to get results back from. The drug tests that are a part of the pilot program can show results in as little as six minutes.

“A test that can be implemented to prove that they [drivers] aren't under the influence could be a positive,” said public safety committee chairman David Yates.

State legislators will have to approve the program before it can be used to charge any drivers. The pilot program result will be used to determine if the program should continue state-wide.

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