(Little Rock, AR) A new law allows Arkansas law enforcement to test the saliva of DWI suspects using a kit sold by an Arkansas deputy.
The law recently went into effect.
Lieutenant Allan Marx, who sells the tests, and is a with the Sebastian County Sheriff’s Department, was a driving force behind the changing law.
Previously, Arkansas DWI law allowed officers to test a person’s blood, urine and breath.
Marx said while working a case last year, he learned about saliva testing and recognized a need for it in Arkansas.
“If there’s ever a new way, a new tool that we can use to help not only law enforcement but help the public and the safety of the people out there, it needs to be used,” said Marx. “I believe this product is going to save lives.”
The test, said to be 94-99% accurate, will detect intoxicants like alcohol, amphetamine, benzodiazepines, buprenorphine, cocaine, cotinine, EDDP, ketamine, marijuana, methadone, methamphetamine, opiates, oxycodone, phencyclidine and propoxyphene.