Massachusetts Governor Focuses Effort to Combat Stoned Driving

High Times

Highlighting the death of a state trooper who was killed by a motorist who had THC detected in their blood, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker is renewing his effort to combat stoned driving. Baker, a Republican serving his second term as governor of the Commonwealth, announced Wednesday that his administration has refiled legislation that would “update road safety laws by implementing uniform standards and promoting proven strategies to reduce motor vehicle crashes, and will implement recommendations made by the Special Commission on Operating Under the Influence and Impaired Driving,” his office said in a press release. “This legislation aims to make the Commonwealth’s roads safer and save lives, and we are grateful to the Clardy family for offering their family’s name and support for this legislation, which will help us avoid impaired driving incidents in the future,” Baker said in a statement. “This bill will provide law enforcement officers with more rigorous drug detection training and will strengthen the legal process by authorizing the courts to acknowledge that the active ingredient in marijuana can and does impair motorists. The bill draws on thoughtful recommendations from a broad cross-section of stakeholders, and we look forward to working with our legislative colleagues to pass this bill and make our roads safer.” The Baker administration said it has refiled the bill as “Trooper Thomas Clardy Law,” named for the late Massachusetts State Trooper Thomas L. Clardy, who in March of 2016 “was conducting a traffic stop on the Massachusetts Turnpike in Charlton when his parked cruiser was hit by a speeding motorist who swerved across three lanes of traffic,” and was later found to have THC in his blood. Local television station WCVB reported that Clardy’s widow, Reisa Clardy, attended Baker’s announcement of the bill at Worcester District Court on Wednesday.  “Our family has…

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