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Vermont officials to hire more drug recognition experts

August 29, 2018

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont officials have hired nine new drug recognition experts to help determine if a driver is impaired on something other than alcohol.

Vermont Public Radio reports the new employees will serve as part of Vermont State Police and municipal agencies, and they will bring the total number of DREs in the state to 59.

Workers are trained to evaluate drivers at police stations or hospitals, and if they think someone is impaired then a blood test can be ordered.

The additional staffers come as the state is experiencing an increase in crashes involving drug-impaired drivers.

Vermont State Police say experts were called for 263 evaluations in 2017, a 13 percent increase over the previous year. Marijuana accounted for 30 percent of all drugs detected.

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Information from: WVPS-FM, http://www.vpr.net

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