By Andrew Christiansen

County Drug Recognition Expert says pot with alcohol on the rise


“It is hard to say if we’ve seen more marijuana impaired drivers in Klickitat County,” says Joe Riggers. “We are seeing more kids with marijuana and more use of marijuana in combination with alcohol.”

Riggers should know. He is the Control Sergeant with the Klickitat County Sheriff’s Office and a certified Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) since 2004. Riggers says that they wouldn’t have good data on how many drivers are impaired with marijuana because if they are also impaired with alcohol, arresting officers do not try to identify what other drugs the person may be on. And with the increase in combinations, there could be quite a few.

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