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CHP creates new division to battle driving high

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The California Highway Patrol is concerned that the number of arrests due to driving while high will only increase as time goes on. In response, the department has created a new division to address the issue.

"The department has been concerned about this since this first started gearing up," Lt. Greg Klingenberg said of the legalization of recreational marijuana. "We have a new unit that's been created in Sacramento that is specifically dedicated to understanding all of the different aspects of marijuana and the effects it's going to have on our roads statewide."

California Highway Patrol's "Prop 64 Unit," as Lt. Klingenberg calls it, has started an independent study on the effects of driving while high, hoping to eventually make California's highway system safer.  

CHP has also created a new position to help identify those driving under the influence of drugs.  

"We as an area are increasing our drug recognition experts which are specifically trained to determine what drugs people are under the influence of," Lt. Klingenberg said.

Patrol officers can request the help of a Drug Recognition Expert to conduct a secondary round of DUI testing if it's unclear what drug the driver is on.  

Lt. Klingenberg says the position is sure to stay in demand.  

"We want to make sure that we are doing everything that we can to take the impaired driver off of the road," he said.

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