WisDOT Receives Grant To Combat Impaired Driving

(Dodge County) The Wisconsin Department of Transportation received a grant to combat impaired driving. The $45-thousand-dollar grant, from the Governors Highway Safety Association and the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility, will fund law enforcement training to identify drunk drivers through the state’s Drug Recognition Expert program. Transportation officials say with the rise in use of prescription pills and other drugs, officers trained in the program play an increasing role in investigating impaired driving cases. They add that these experts also serve as a community resource, helping educate teachers and school administrators, parents, social workers, and other medical staff to recognize the signs of drug abuse. Officials say the goal is to have at least one expert in every county. Currently, 50 of the state’s 72 counties have at least one Drug Recognition Expert. The Dodge County Sheriff’s Office has four: Sheriff Dale Schmidt, Detective Michael Willmann, Detective Michael Lake, and Deputy Dustin Waas. Schmidt says his office is committed to this program as another tool to ensure the safest possible travel to the motoring public. Each Drug Recognition Expert at the sheriff’s office has completed a 40 hour course with practical field experience before the they can be utilized by the department.