Arizona taxi, limo and livery drivers will soon be required to take a drug test before they hit the streets.
Gov. Jan Brewer signed Senate Bill 1087 earlier this week. It requires taxi, limo and livery drivers to be drug tested before employment. Plus, they will be randomly re-tested once a year while they are employed.
"I thought it was an important bill, one that was really needed. We were probably the last state, last entity in the county to not have at least a basic drug test," said Shawn Marquez from the Arizona Department of Weights and Measures.
The measure could affect thousand of drivers in the Tucson area. As part of the bill, the taxi companies will have to pay for the drug test.
Nancy Langa has been driving a taxi or van in the Tucson area for more than 25 years. She has seen it all from her drivers seat. One thing she can't tolerate is taxi drivers who use drugs. She has been drug testing her drivers for years.
"I tell the people when they are hired they are on alert [and] that I will drug test them if I have any suspicion. I usually don't hire anybody who I think is doing drugs," said Langa.
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