The Governors Highway Safety Administration (GHSA) has awarded nearly $45,000 in grants to the Maryland Department of Transportation’s Motor Vehicle Association.
The grant funds will be used to reduce drug-impaired driving primarily by training state law enforcement to better recognize and respond to the signs of drug-impaired driving.
The MVA will use the grant to train officers in the use of toxicology equipment and software, and offer courses for qualifying officers to become “drug-recognition experts” — officers who can offer an expert opinion on whether a driver is drug-impaired. Another course in roadside impaired driving enforcement will train 15 to 25 officers to spot and articulate signs of drug-related impairment.
The article notes Maryland is one of six states awarded these grant funds.
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