New York state certifies 18 new Drug Recognition Experts

New York state is building its pool of officers tasked with detecting impaired drivers behind the wheel.

The Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee is announcing that 18 new Drug Recognition Experts – or DREs, from across the state have completed their training.

Instructors say an investigation usually starts with a routine traffic stop – and a DRE is trained specially – to detect drug use by drivers.

This brings the total of new DREs in New York to nearly 370 who are now nationally certified.