How Does Drug Use Affect DUI Arrests in Alabama?

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A recent study cited by AL.COM reports that Xanax is now the second leading cause of DUI arrests in Alabama. According to statistics from the Alabama Department of Forensic Science, a full 29% of DUI cases in Alabama now involve the use of Xanax (or the generic equivalent, Alprazolam). That's compared to 23% for DUI cases involving marijuana use. 

Testing for Xanax (Alprazolam) usage during a traffic stop or following a crash is more difficult than testing for alcohol use alone and requires law enforcement to depend heavily on field sobriety tests and other indicators.

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