GHSA works with the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility (Responsibility.org) to combat the growing issue of drugged driving. In 2015, GHSA and Responsibility.org launched a grant program to help states better train Law Enforcement to recognize drug-impaired drivers.
This program comes on the heels of a 2015 report produced by GHSA through funding from the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility. The report, Drug Impaired Driving: A Guide for What States Can Do, examined the issue of drugged driving and provided states with best practices to consider implementing.
As drug-impaired drivers continue to be a nationwide problem, GHSA and Responsibility.org aim to ensure that law enforcement agencies and highway safety offices have all the tools available to them to identify these drivers. By putting more Drug Recognition Experts (DREs) on the road, states are better able to ensure drugged drivers are off of them.
2016 State Grants
In 2016, $80,000 in grants were awarded to four states:
Each grantee used their funding to provide law enforcement officers with the advanced training and skills necessary to detect drivers who are impaired by marijuana and other drugs. For example, this funding enabled the Florida Department of Transportation to train 27 additional Drug Recognition Experts in 2016. More information on Florida's results can be found here. The Illinois project trained an additional 207 officers.
2017 State Grants
On November 30, 2016, National Basketball League Hall of Fame member Shaquille O’Neal joined GHSA and Responsibility.org on Capitol Hill to announce another year of funding for the state grants program.
Applications for 2017 grants are currently being reviewed by a selection panel and grantees will be announced soon.
About the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility
The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility (Responsibility.org) is a national not-for-profit that leads the fight to eliminate drunk driving and underage drinking and is funded by the following distillers: Bacardi U.S.A., Inc.; Beam Suntory Inc.; Brown-Forman; Constellation Brands, Inc.; DIAGEO; Edrington; Hood River Distillers, Inc.; and Pernod Ricard USA. Recognizing 25 years of impact, Responsibility.org has transformed countless lives through programs that bring individuals, families and communities together to guide a lifetime of conversations around alcohol responsibility. To learn more, please visit us at Responsibility.org or follow us on social media: @goFAAR.