Mercer Police Get Impaired Driver Training

Mercer County police received a crash course Monday on how to spot impaired drivers.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and the Pennsylvania DUI Association partnered for a two-day Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement training in Hermitage.

Local and state police learned how to test for alcohol impairment and illegal drug impairment.

There were 3,073 drug-related crashes in the state in 2011.

“Watching the toxicology from the various district attorneys offices, about 60 to 70 percent of the people they are arresting today for DUI are drug users not necessarily with alcohol but many times its probably drug use with alcohol and marijuana or cocaine and heroin called speedball, any number of different drugs,” said George Geisler Jr. of the PA DUI Association.

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