Vermont police warned about drivers on drugs

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont law enforcement are being warned about a new threat on the roads — drugged drivers.

At a summit Monday, The Burlington Free Press reports (http://bfpne.ws/N3XxBO ) that police, sheriffs and driving safety personnel listened to speakers discuss the problem of drivers who are under the influence of drugs ranging from marijuana to prescription medications.

According to data presented at the summit, driving under the influence of drugs is increasing but the impairment is more difficult to identify.

Speakers recommended more training to identify drug impairment, developing new field tests for drugs and educating the public about the dangers of driving on drugs.

Jake Nelson of the American Automobile Association recommended focusing on high-risk groups, such as young adults and adults over 65 years old.

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Information from: The Burlington Free Press, http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com

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