Colorado police officers trained to spot stoned drivers

Colorado police officers trained to spot stoned drivers

Colorado police officers trained to spot stoned drivers

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by KUSA

KREM.com

Posted on January 15, 2014 at 8:22 AM

DENVER, Colorado -- The Colorado Department of Transportation is allocating new funds to help police identify stoned drivers.

The funds are a portion of a $2 million grant from the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration. CDOT will dedicate $400,000 to stopping people from driving high.

The effort will include an aggressive media campaign. Billboards, flyers and ads will warn drivers of the dangers and consequences of driving high. 

The campaign will also include increased efforts to train police officers into Drug Recognition Experts.

"Drug Recognition Experts are highly trained law enforcement officers," said CDOT Highway Safety Manager Glenn Davis. "It's a 56-hour course. And we get law enforcement officers from around the state... They're trained to detect impaired drivers by substances other than alcohol. How to process people like that and testify that in court."

Right now, there are 184 Drug Recognition Experts in the state. The goal is to have 300 in Colorado within the next two years.
 

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