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Police want lawmakers' help getting drugged drivers off Vt. roads

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MONTPELIER, Vt. -

Law enforcement officials are telling Vermont lawmakers that too many drugged drivers are getting away with the offense.

The House Judiciary Committee is working on rewriting the state's law for driving under the influence.

Prosecutors say current language makes it much easier to charge and convict drunk drivers than those under the influence of marijuana and other drugs.

Vermont State Police say that sends a bad message to offenders.

"They're going to do that again. We're not getting them into the criminal justice system. Clearly they're driving impaired and that person has a substance abuse problem that needs to be addressed," Vt. State Police Lt. John Flannigan said.

A proposed bill would lower the burden of proof for a drugged driving charge.

Lawmakers will also consider adopting legal limits for drugs similar to the 0.08 blood alcohol concentration used to measure alcohol impairment. And as for that alcohol limit, Committee Chairman Bill Lippert has sponsored a bill to lower it to 0.05, but that measure will be considered separately.

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