High on our Highways -The Challenge of Drug Impaired Driving and Community Supervision

In 2016, 43% of fatally injured drivers in impaired driving crashes with a known test result, tested positive for drugs, more frequently than alcohol was present. The growing number of states that have legalized recreational marijuana and the increased abuse of prescription drugs have created an increased threat to our roadways. Given that over two thirds of our criminal justice population is drug and/or alcohol involved, probation officers and treatment providers need to understand the challenge we face with drug impaired drivers. This interactive presentation will provide the audience up to date information on the scope of our drug impaired driving problem, the use of assessment tools to determine risk and practical evidence-based sentencing, supervision and monitoring strategies to address these behaviors.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will identify drug impaired driving trends and their challenges;
  • Participants will identify how assessment tools can help determine risk for drug impaired drivers;
  • Participants will identify three supervision countermeasures and research-based practices that jurisdictions should be using to reduce the possibility of re-offense by drug impaired drivers.