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As States Legalize Pot, Safety Officials Sound the Alarm on Impaired Driving

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LAPD police check drivers at a DUI checkpoint in Reseda, Los Angeles, California on April 13, 2018.

LAPD police check drivers at a DUI checkpoint in Reseda, Los Angeles, California on April 13, 2018.

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U.S. transportation safety officials are sounding the alarm on drug-impaired driving, calling for state and federal regulators to do more to tackle the growing problem as states grapple with prescription drug abuse and adopt a more permissive stance on marijuana.

The National Transportation Safety Board on Tuesday called on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to write standards for devices allowing police to test drivers for drugs on the roadside and to give states additional guidance on how to combat drug-impaired driving.