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Bakersfield Police using new drug testing technology for DUI check this weekend

Posted at 11:25 PM, Jan 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-25 02:26:08-05

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — The Drager Drug Test 5000 is the Bakersfield Police Department's new tool for cracking down on drivers under the influence of drugs.

Unlike a breathalyzer test, the Drager tests for seven different drugs which include cocaine, opiates, benzodiazphines, cannibus, amphetamines, and methamphetamines.

An oral swab is used to gather a saliva sample from a person suspected of being under the influence. BPD officials say the test is voluntary, however if a driver refuses can still be arrested depending on the circumstances. This weekend will be the first time BPD uses the new technology.