Officers Train to Spot Drivers Under the Influence

By Mallory Lane

Published 01/13 2014 05:58PM

Updated 01/13 2014 06:30PM

FERGUSON TOWNSHIP, CENTRE COUNTY - Police receive hands-on training for how to spot drivers who are driving under the influence.

According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, more than 32 million people reported driving drunk at least once in 2012. Of that number, 30% were minors, ages 16.20 and 29% were people ages 21-25.

Police officers across the region are training to stop drunk drivers, but they're not just looking for alcohol impaired drivers.

Officials say DUI-D is a growing problem across the state and they're using special training to stop it.

"Last year in the Commonwealth, out of about 52,000 DUI arrests, about 15,000 of those arrests were DUI drug arrests," Drug Recognition Expert for the PA DUI Association, George Geisler, said.

Geisler says it's a problem that's getting out of hand and it's up to these officers to help stop it.

The Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE) program teaches officers how to perform specialized sobriety field tests and how to take samples from drivers to ID substances they may be abusing.

The program is a 16-hour training course. Officers will continue training Tuesday in Centre County.

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