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Responsibility.org Drugged Driving Grant Results: Texas

The Texas Department of Transportation's Traffic Safety Section was one of the recipients of GHSA and Responsibility.org's 2016 grants aimed at combating drug-impaired driving.

After experiencing a 19% increase in fatal crashes involving a drug-impaired driver between 2013 and 2014, TxDOT sought to add more law enforcement officers trained in Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE) to their roads.

Responsibility.org Drugged Driving Grant Results: Florida

Florida State Safety Office

The Florida Department of Transportation State Safety Office was a recipient of GHSA and Responsibility.org’s 2016 grant program aimed at training law enforcement in drug recognition. Prior to receiving this grant, the Florida Highway Patrol had 11 certified Drug Recognition Experts (DREs), out of 1,869 total troopers. Faced with a high likelihood of marijuana legalization in the state and the subsequent potential for an increase in drug-impaired driving, FHP was able to train 27 additional DREs in 2016.

National LEL Program

Law Enforcement Liaisons (LEL) serve as vital links and conduits between State Highway Safety Offices (SHSO) and a state’s law enforcement community. The National Law Enforcement Liaison Program (NLELP) was created by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) to enhance the work of LELs across the country. This program is funded by NHTSA under a cooperative agreement in recognition of the effectiveness of LEL activities in reducing crashes across the country.

Law Enforcement

Law enforcement is a key partner in highway safety. As the “boots on the ground” of traffic safety, law enforcement officers are crucial to reducing fatalities on our roadways. High visibility enforcement (HVE) campaigns that are data-driven, targeted and aggressive are cornerstones of ensuring safety and creating the changes in driver behavior that GHSA and its members seek.

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