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State Law: Drug Evaluation and Classification Program
  • 0-15 DREs
  • 16-50 DREs
  • 51-100 DREs
  • 101-150 DREs
  • 151-250 DREs
  • 251-350 DREs
  • 351-500 DREs
  • 500+ DREs

The ability to identify drugged drivers at roadside started back in the 1970s when the Los Angeles Police Department established the Drug Evaluation and Classification (DEC) Program. The purpose of the program is to train officers to become Drug Recognition Experts (DREs) who are capable of identifying drug impairment. Officers are required to go through three phases of training totaling more than 100 hours before they are eligible to receive DRE field certification.

The DEC program goes beyond the Standardized Field Sobriety Test (SFST) training that most officers receive. DREs use a standardized 12-step protocol that allows them to determine whether a suspect is impaired, if that impairment is caused by drugs or can be attributed to a medical condition, and the category of drug(s) that are the cause of the impairment.

All fifty states, Canada, and the United Kingdom have implemented the DEC program. The above map shows how many certified DREs were present in each state in 2014 (the most recent year for which the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) has released data).

Responsibility.org is committed to increasing the number of officers trained to identify drugged drivers. We have partnered with the Governors Highway Safety Association to fund DRE training in 2016 and 2017. To learn more about drugged driving and enforcement strategies, access Drug-Impaired Driving: A Guide for What States Can Do.

To submit a law update, please contact out Director of Traffic Safety at [email protected]

Texas

2015 Alcohol-Impaired Driving Fatality Data Texas National
Total Alcohol-Impaired Driving Fatalities 1,323 10,265
Percent of Alcohol-Impaired Driving Fatalities of Total Fatalities 37.6 29.3
Under 21 Alcohol-Impaired Driving Fatalities 171 1,021
Percent of Under 21 Alcohol-Impaired Driving Fatalities of Total Under 21 Fatalities 33.9 23.0
2015 Alcohol-Impaired Driving Fatalities per 100,000 Population
Alcohol-Impaired Driving Fatalities per 100K population 4.8 3.2
Under 21 Alcohol-Impaired Driving Fatalities per 100K population 2.1 1.2
2006-2015 % Change in Alcohol-Impaired Driving Fatalities per 100K Pop
10-year Change in Alcohol-Impaired Driving Fatalities per 100K pop -19.1 -29.0
10-year Change in Under 21 Alcohol-Impaired Driving Fatalities per 100K pop -33.7 -49.7
Percent of Alcohol-Impaired Driving Fatalities Involving high BAC drivers (.15+)*
BAC=.15+ 71.5 69.2
Percent of Drivers in Fatal Crashes Involving Repeat Offenders
BAC .08-.14 24.6 27.0
BAC .15+ 75.4 73.0
12-20 Year Old Alcohol Consumption (latest available)
Past Month Alcohol Consumption (2014-2015) 19.5 21.6
Binge Drinking in Past 30-days (2012-2014) 12.9 14.4
2015 Arrest Data
Under 18: Driving under the influence 384 5,064
Total: Driving under the influence 64,971 833,833
Under 18: Liquor laws 1,436 33,155
Total: Liquor laws 9,720 204,665
Under 18: Drunkenness 1,112 4,243
Total: Drunkenness 68,148 314,856

Alcohol-Impaired Driving Fatality Data Source: NHTSA/FARS, 10/16

*Among drivers with a known alcohol test result

*Youth Consumption Data Source: SAMHSA, Office of Applied Studies, National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 12/15, (http://www.samhsa.gov/data/population-data-nsduh)

*Arrest Data Source: 2015 FBI Uniform Crime Report (Tables 38 and 69)

**Drunkenness is not considered a crime in some states; therefore, the figures may vary widely from state to state

*Limited, incomplete, or no data were reported by the District of Columbia, Florida, Illinois, and New York in the 2015 Uniform Crime Report. Data should be used with caution and should not be compared to other states or previous year data.

Note: Because the number of agencies submitting arrest data varies from year to year, users are cautioned about making direct comparisons between 2015 arrest totals and those published in previous years’ editions of Crime in the United States. Further, arrest figures may vary widely from state to state because some Part II crimes of the Uniform Crime Report are not considered crimes in some states.

For a comprehensive report on the 2015 (latest available) State of Drunk Driving Fatalities in America, click here.

State Law State Law Detail
24/7 Programs No 24/7 legislation
Administrative License Suspension/Revocation ALS/ALR law enacted
BAC Test Refusal Administrative penalties
Drug Evaluation and Classification Program 351-500 DREs
DUI Child Endangerment Laws Enhanced penalties
DUI Look-back Periods Lifetime
DUID Zero Tolerance and Per Se Laws Impairment-based statute only
Enhanced Penalties for High-BAC 0.15
Felony DUI Third offense
Good Samaritan Good Samaritan law enacted
Habitual Offender Designation No Habitual Offender Law
Marijuana Drug-Impaired Driving Laws No marijuana-specific drugged driving law
Open Container - Alcohol In compliance with Federal requirements
Sobriety Checkpoints Prohibited
Ignition Interlocks Mandatory all offender
Open Container - Marijuana No marijuana open container law
DUI Courts - Hybrid 11-20 Hybrid Courts
DUI Courts - Standalone 16-20 DUI Courts
DUID Affirmative Defense No affirmative defense