More people being tested for drugged driving, report says

 In Lifestyle, Local News

A report shows that the expansion of the Vermont Drug Recognition Expert Program is resulting in more people being tested for drugged driving.

The state processed 197 toxicology reports for impaired drivers in 2014. It’s a sharp increase from nearly a decade earlier, in 2005, when there were just 16 toxicology results.

Toxicology reports test for the presence of drugs in a blood sample. Though toxicology tests detect alcohol, most alcohol-related DUIs do not require a blood test.

According to Vermont State Police Lt. John Flannigan, who delivered the report to the House Judiciary Committee on Friday, the results reflect an effort to increase the awareness of Vermont law enforcement officers who are trained to recognize drug impairment.


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