Back in July, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) released news about a new program aimed at dealing with drug-impaired driving in America.
Starting later this year, the program courses would teach participants on how to observe and identify the signs of impairment related to drugs, alcohol, or a combination of both. The $2.3 million grant money would help provide training through the Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement and Drug Recognition Expert program to law enforcement officers and other members.
Along with a recently approved $260,000 grant to the Costa Mesa Police Department, this announcement is one of the various efforts that the NHTSA is taking to educate drivers about the dangers of impaired driving. They want to educate law enforcement about how to better recognize and read the signs. Using the grant money, the Costa Mesa police will be able to establish special enforcement operations that target traffic violations and DUI checkpoints, as well as help to pay for advanced DUI enforcement training.
Because of all the new changes in laws regarding drug usage, advanced training for law enforcement have become increasingly important in recent years. This means that both prosecution and defense need to understand the changes in order to anticipate what moves to make.
From a prosecutor’s perspective, the better educated the officers are about the signs to look out for, the more effective our system becomes in minimizing dangers to society. The officers gain a better understanding of important issues like probable cause and how to analyze different situations. From a defendant’s perspective, the better educated the officers are, the less likely are people to be prosecuted in an unfair manner.