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New effort to target impaired drivers

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SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. -

More than 60 lives have been lost in traffic accidents in Vermont this year and nearly half of those crashes involved impaired drivers. Vermont legislators, prosecutors and police gathered Wednesday in South Burlington to learn more about the problem.

Despite stricter laws, targeted enforcement and education efforts, drunk driving remains a scourge on the highway. But with marijuana legalization looming, drug impairment and how to detect it is also a growing concern.

"When you have lost 29 people where impairment was a contributing factor in one year, that certainly is something we should take a look at. And when you take a look at these numbers and see drug impairment surpassing drunk impairment, that's concerning," said Scott Davidson of the Governor's Highway Safety Program.

The state is looking to get more officers around the state specially trained in detecting impaired drivers. Another goal is to get a bill passed allowing oral fluid testing of drugged driving suspects.

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