There were 14 law enforcement agencies across Colorado that gained additional capacity to identify and arrest drivers impaired by drugs. The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) is graduating 17 new Drug Recognition Experts (DRE) from a training program hosted by the Loveland Police Department. The nine-day Drug Recognition Expert Training included officers from 14 police departments, sheriff offices, and state patrol troops throughout the state. Graduating from the program from the local Littleton Police Department is Officer Nisse Ramer.
“The officers who are graduating are to be commended for their commitment to traffic safety and making our roads safer from impaired drivers,” said Kim Ferber, DRE State Coordinator for CDOT. “With 30 percent of deaths on our roadways attributed to impaired drivers, drug recognition experts are critical to reducing that number and ultimately getting to our goal of zero deaths.”
The Colorado DRE program was founded in 1987 and is administered and funded by CDOT. The program trains peace officers to detect and articulate the signs, symptoms and indicia of drugs other than alcohol in subjects arrested for Driving Under the Influence (DUI) or other offenses. Colorado’s ending prohibition on marijuana makes the DRE a more valuable resource to an agency than ever before.
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