Police department sees increase in drugged driving

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.

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