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The Brown Deer Police Department will use this blog to provide residents with current crime information and trends, crime prevention tips, as well as pertinent news, legal updates, and notes as it relates to your community and Police Department. E-mail the department | Police Department's Web Site

Impaired Driving – Not Just Alcohol

December marks the eighth anniversary of the enactment of a Wisconsin law that prohibits drivers from having any detectable amount of a controlled substance in their system, such as marijuana or cocaine, while operating a motor vehicle.  The law also makes the legal penalties for drugged driving the same as drunken driving.

 

The Brown Deer Police Department and other law enforcement agencies are continuing their efforts to combat drugged driving.  Brown Deer officers and officers throughout the state have training and experience in procedures that effectively identify drivers impaired by alcohol. Officers use many of those same procedures to identify drugged drivers.  Drivers who exhibit behavior or symptoms indicative of drug use must submit to a blood test that determines the presence of drugs.  Refusing to submit to the blood test means an automatic revocation of their driver’s license.

 

In addition to illegal drugs, the overuse of abuse of medications, especially when combined with alcohol, will often cause impaired driving. State law prohibits drivers from being “under the influence of any drug to a degree which renders him or her incapable of safely driving or under the combined influence of an intoxicant and any other drug to a degree which renders him or her incapable of driving safely.”

 

Drivers under the influence of drugs, alcohol, or a combination of the two are deadly threats to everyone on the road.  That is why officers never take a break, even over the holiday season, from arresting those who choose to get behind the wheel while impaired. We are committed to keeping our communities safe.

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