DeWitt continues to see an increase in drugged driving cases

By Zachary Manning
Bath-DeWitt Connection Staff Reporter

DEWITT — The city of DeWitt has seen a rise in the number of drugged driving cases over the past few years. Drugged driving is driving while under the influence of drugs. From 2012-2015, the city of DeWitt has seen rises in drugged driving cases. In 2012, the city had six cases. In 2013, the city had seven cases.

The DeWitt Police Department’s is working to combat drugged driving

By Skyler Ashley
Bath-DeWitt Connection Staff Reporter

DEWITT — DeWitt has been facing difficulties in regards to “drugged driving” i.e., driving while under the influence of drugs. The crime is classified as Operating While Under the Influence of Drugs (OWID) and problems arise for police officers, because there does not exist a simple test for sobriety akin to a Breathalyzer. Police officers must know the symptoms of the various highs in order to make an effective arrest. “Prescription meds, heroin, it’s all so prevalent now. In this county, it’s getting to be that 10 percent of our intoxicated drivers are intoxicated under the influence of drugs.