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OHSP recently awarded national grant to help combat drug-impaired driving

September 27, 2019

The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility and the Governor’s Highway Safety Association recently awarded the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning (OHSP) a $19,680 grant to help educate and fight against the dangers of drug-impaired driving in Michigan. The grant will be used to fund five additional Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE) training programs for officers.

ARIDE trained officers receive an overview of the observerable effects of drug impairment, allowing them to better identify and document when a driver is impaired by alcohol, drugs or a combination of the two. The first of these additional two-day training sessions will take place Oct. 1-2 at Delta College in Bay County. Several more ARIDE sessions are scheduled across the state by the end of the calendar year.

“Drugged driving is deadly and poses a threat to not only the driver, but also their passengers and other motorists on the roadway,” said Michael L. Prince, director of the OHSP. “It’s never acceptable to drive when impaired. This grant will allow us to train additional officers to recognize the signs of impaired driving before there are tragic consequences.”

When drivers consume a combination of substances, it can multiply the effects on impairment and traffic crash risk. In 2018, there were 9,628 drunk drivers involved in a traffic crash in Michigan. Of that number, just over 12 percent of drivers (1,201) were also suspected of using drugs.