Police department sees increase in drugged driving - KAIT Jonesboro, AR - Region 8 News, weather, sports

Police department sees increase in drugged driving

(Source: KAIT-TV) (Source: KAIT-TV)
Capt. Gary Henry (Source: KAIT-TV) Capt. Gary Henry (Source: KAIT-TV)
TRUMANN, AR (KAIT) -

When you hear driving while intoxicated, you normally think alcohol and illegal drugs.

But one area police department is seeing a major increase in another kind of drugged driving.

The Trumann Police Department is seeing more drugged driving than drunk driving recently.

But more than that, Captain Gary Henry said they’ve seen a major increase in people driving under the influence of prescription medication.

Captain Henry said these drivers may not even realize they’re breaking the law because those prescriptions were given by doctors and they are using them correctly.

But, prescriptions that warn against operating motor vehicles while taking them can lead to the same charges as driving under the influence of illegal drugs.

“They may be legal but then again the doctor warns you against it and the pill bottle on the side warns you against it,” Henry said. “I mean impaired driving is impaired driving, it still falls under the statute of Driving While Intoxicated.”

In an effort to raise awareness, Captain Henry said the police department will be participating in a drugged driving enforcement campaign April 20-22.

There will be extra officers out patrolling and drug recognition experts monitoring for people driving while intoxicated.

Copyright 2018 KAIT. All rights reserved.

  • Region 8 News</span><a class="customMoreLink" href="/Global/category.asp?C=4391" target="_top">More >></a>Region 8 NewsMore>>

  • Flooding reported in Thayer area

    Flooding reported in Thayer area

    Wednesday, July 18 2018 10:51 PM EDT2018-07-19 02:51:11 GMT
    Wednesday, July 18 2018 11:32 PM EDT2018-07-19 03:32:29 GMT
    (Source: Officer Bryant with Thayer PD)(Source: Officer Bryant with Thayer PD)

    Heavy rains on Wednesday have caused problems in a park in southeast Missouri, officials said Wednesday night. 

    Heavy rains on Wednesday have caused problems in a park in southeast Missouri, officials said Wednesday night. 

  • Batesville School District to arm staff members

    Batesville School District to arm staff members

    Wednesday, July 18 2018 10:11 PM EDT2018-07-19 02:11:14 GMT
    Wednesday, July 18 2018 11:19 PM EDT2018-07-19 03:19:02 GMT
    (Source: KARK)(Source: KARK)

    In an effort to ensure the safety of students, faculty, and staff, the Batesville School District will allow staff members to carry guns during the upcoming school year.

    In an effort to ensure the safety of students, faculty, and staff, the Batesville School District will allow staff members to carry guns during the upcoming school year.

  • JPD investigates allegations against the Salvation Army

    JPD investigates allegations against the Salvation Army

    Wednesday, July 18 2018 11:10 PM EDT2018-07-19 03:10:58 GMT
    Source: KAITSource: KAIT

    Jonesboro police are investigating the Salvation Army after allegations of misappropriation of funds by an employee.

    Jonesboro police are investigating the Salvation Army after allegations of misappropriation of funds by an employee.

Powered by Frankly