on Impaired driving
Voluntary Oral Fluid Drug Testing Research Project
The Albany and Laramie County Sheriff’s Departments partnered with the Governor’s Council on Impaired Driving by participating in an oral fluid drug testing research project that was conducted in Albany and Laramie counties. This research project was an effort to gauge the scope of drugged driving in Wyoming.
It was suspected, but not yet proven with statistical data, that Colorado’s recent legalization of medical and recreational marijuana has contributed to this public safety concern. The Albany and Lasramie County Sheriff’s Departments participation in this research project helped to provide essential statistical data regarding this issue.
The Governor’s Council purchased two Draeger 5000 Analyzer Units and has placed one in each detention center in Albany and Laramie Counties. These units can provide a fast, accurate test to detect the presence of amphetamines, designer amphetamines, opiates, cocaine and metabolites, benzodiazepines, cannabinoids and methadone.
All persons arrested in Albany and Laramie County for DUI, and subsequently booked into the detention facility, were asked to voluntarily submit to an oral fluid swab test to detect the presence of these drugs. These persons were under no legal obligation to do so. Persons arrested for suspected Drug Impaired Driving were not asked to submit a sample.
The results of the oral swab are not used for arrest or prosecution purposes. There are no identifiers (name, date of birth, address, or any information associated with the arrest) recorded with the sample. It is being used for statistical purposes only.
The statistical results of all volunteered oral fluid drug tests in Albany and Laramie counties were submitted to the Council Facilitator on a monthly basis and the results analyzed on a periodic basis - every six months and yearly.
This project was suspended on December of 2016 and a more complete DUI data-collection initiative was initiated for Albany, Laramie and Campbell counties. A review of several different relevant databases indicates that Wyoming, and in particular Laramie and Albany counties, are experiencing an increased level of marijuana involvement in traffic crashes and DUI arrests.