Law enforcement addressing growing problem of drugged driving with help of special grant
MADISON (WKOW) – State and local law enforcement agencies are coming together to help fight the growing problem of drug-impaired driving with the help of a special grant.
The Dane County Sheriff's Office received a grant from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation for $16,650 on Friday. It will help buy four Alere DDS2 Mobile drug-testing systems and 300 drug testing kits for the county.
“We're very fortunate to have received this available grant because it will allow us to build the data and identify actually the drugs that are being utilized by individuals as they're being arrested for impairment,” said Dane County Sheriff Dave Mahoney.
Authorities say the new tests will not play any role in the way officers and deputies arrest people for driving impaired.
The test systems will be held at Meriter and St. Mary's hospitals in Madison, Dean Health in Sun Prairie, and Stoughton Hospital.
48 officers and deputies from nine local law enforcement agencies, including the Dane County Sheriff's Office and Madison Police Department, will get special training on how to use them before they're put in place next month.
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