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Police, policy makers examine drugged driving

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MONTPELIER, Vt. -

Vermont police and policy-makers are gathering Monday to discuss the problem of drugged driving.

Under current Vermont law it's easier to convict a driver accused of being drunk behind the wheel than stoned. For those under the influence of drugs, there is no simple standard or field test like the common blood-alcohol content measure.
    
Gregory Nagurney is a traffic-focused prosecutor for the state and is in constant conversation with similar officials in other states. "The one thing I have learned from all of these is that states that have amended marijuana laws either with decriminalization or legalization have seen a measurable increase in drugged-driving crashes,"  he said.

Experts say they're also finding more drivers under the influence of multiple drugs, which can make inebriation standards even tougher to properly define. State lawmakers have been reviewing the drugged driving laws this year. They are considering changes to eliminate the disparity between driving under the influence of alcohol versus other drugs.

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