Impaired Driving Enforcement Campaign Planned For April 19th & 20th

Wed 4-10-2019

(Spencer)-- Impaired driving will be the focus of a special enforcement effort the Iowa State Patrol will be conducting the weekend of April 19th and 20th. The agency is partnering with the Governor's Traffic Safety Bureau and Iowa Department of Public Safety, along with a number of local agencies as well for the campaign.

The State Patrol says drug recognition experts, or DREs, will also be utilized. The specially trained officers are certified by the courts as experts to determine not only if an individual is impaired but if so, by what category of drugs they are impaired. Statistics from January 2016 through December of 2018 show Iowa DREs performed nearly 2,900 drug enforcement evaluations.

In addition, the State Patrol says a fifth of Iowa's total fatal collisions involved a driver who has tested positive for drugs. They add that between 10:00 pm and 3:00 am from 2016 and 2018, 2,069 crashes in Iowa involved a drugged driver.