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CTDOT’s Office of Traffic Safety Receives Grant to Tackle Rise in Impaired Driving

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Connecticut Department of Transportation Office of Traffic Safety Receives Grant to Tackle Rise in Impaired Driving

The Connecticut Department of Transportation’s Traffic Safety Office (CTDOT) received a $22,000 grant from the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) and Responsibility.org to fund a training program designed to improve the identification and treatment of drivers impaired by alcohol or drugs.

Across the country, drug-impaired driving and polydrug use continue to rise. Many of these drivers often go unreported because police may not have the training to recognize drug impairment.

With funding from this grant, Connecticut will host a “Green Lab” which involves giving volunteers a controlled dose of cannabis and, in some cases, a combination of cannabis and alcohol. Law enforcement officers will then conduct a series of sobriety tests with the volunteers to see the harmful effects of these substances. This training will allow officers to better detect cannabis at the roadside, which will help remove more impaired and dangerous drivers from the roads before they injure or kill themselves or others.

Connecticut is one of five US states to receive GHSA funding to combat this growing security problem.

“Summer is traditionally a deadly season for impaired driving, so this road safety grant is extremely timely,” said Connecticut Department of Transportation Commissioner Joe Giulietti. “This grant will help build the ability to deter and detect impaired drivers in Connecticut by providing law enforcement with the tools needed to identify alcohol and drug impaired drivers. Extensive testing is essential to protect all road users.

“Alcohol and drug use has increased during the pandemic and we know many people are also driving. It is tragic and incredibly frustrating to see impaired driving accidents – which are preventable – killing people every day,” said GHSA executive director Jonathan Adkins. “We are proud to continue our longstanding partnership with Responsibility.org to fund countermeasures to advance law enforcement detection, expand critical toxicology lab capabilities, and support testing, assessment and treatment of impaired drivers. »

For more information on grants and the results of previous state programs, visit the AGSA website.

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