Big changes are in store for a program meant to help law enforcement take impaired drivers off the streets. State leaders are revamping the Drug Recognition Evaluator (DRE) training program after allegations of misconduct during the Occupy protests at Peavey Plaza last spring. Witnesses posted videos online, and claimed an officer was offering drugs to protesters to get them to participate in the program.
An investigation of alleged misconduct in a program that trains police officers in how to spot symptoms of drug use didn’t find enough evidence to bring criminal charges, Hennepin County prosecutor Mike Freeman said Friday.
Safety officials say Minnesota’s traffic deaths in 2011 were the state’s lowest annual death count since 1944.
A Minnesota law is being credited with saving lives behind the wheel.