Public health officials and legislators alike are very concerned with providing a healthy environment for the general population when they venture out into the public arena. Adults and children both often frequent the same places and use the same facilities as many others. However, there are many people who do not necessarily convey the proper respect they should when in public themselves. And, chief among this is the use of alcohol and illegal drugs in certain locations, such as on the highways or in public establishments. Even some communicative disease concerns can spark a need for rules and regulations that help public health officials. It is important for everyone to understands these restrictions, and equally important to understand how they advance the cause of effective public health and safety.
One of the most obvious and necessary public health law measures legislators have tackled is impaired driving. And, even though this practice has been a problem since the invention of automobiles with respect to alcohol, the past three decades have brought a shift in tolerance and an understanding that this activity was in a crisis mode at one time. DUI/DWI enforcement officers look for any sign of chemical impairment first when conducting a traffic stop or observing traffic behavior while patrolling. Even driving under the influence of controlled substances, whether legal or otherwise, can result in an impaired driving charge in certain situations as well as a court-mandated SR-22 insurance policy. There are no established acceptable latency standards for non-alcohol products developed as yet, and this will continue as a public health issue until better measuring tools are available for enforcement officers. [Read more…]