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US DOT Unveils Program to Combat Drug-Impaired Driving

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July 17, 2019—The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) announced a new $2.3 million grant program on Wednesday to help combat drug-impaired driving on America’s roads.

The grants will provide funding for state and local agencies to offer Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement and Drug Recognition Expert training to law enforcement, judges and prosecutors. Training courses are expected to begin later this year. The International Association of Chiefs of Police will manage the grant program through a cooperative agreement with NHTSA.

The courses will train participants to observe, identify, and articulate the signs of impairment related to drugs, alcohol, or a combination of both in order to reduce the number of impaired drivers and traffic crashes.

This announcement builds on NHTSA’s efforts to educate drivers about the dangers of drug-impaired driving.

 

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