BEHIND THE BADGE –What Is A DRE (Drug Recognition Expert)

JUNCTION CITY — Alcohol isn’t the only substance that causes people to drive recklessly. Prescriptions, illicit drugs, and even illnesses can impair a driver as well, making it tough for police officers to determine the cause of impairment. To determine the cause, an expert is often consulted for advice. Officer Brian Paterson is the JC Police Department expert who assists with impairment identification. Paterson was trained as a drug recognition expert (DRE) in 2010 and was recently re-certified. When a driver fails a roadside test but doesn’t register on an alcohol intoxilyzor machine.

This is Video from a short video series I started called Behind The Shield, I started it in 2013 right before we sold the Tribune News. Unfortunately, the new publishers of the paper did not want to continue the video series.

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