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Oct 5, 2012 7:00 PM by Erin Schermele - MTN News

DUI arrests down in Cascade County

GREAT FALLS - The number of DUI arrests in Cascade County during 2011 were the lowest they have been in four years.

According to a report, 85 people were killed in alcohol-related crashes in 2011; that's slightly down from 88 in 2010, and 97 in 2009.

The Cascade County DUI Task Force spent $14,000 on advertising this year reminding people they have other options instead of getting behind the wheel intoxicated.

Al Recke, the coordinator of the Cascade County DUI Task Force, says changes from the 2011 legislative session are helping combat the drinking and driving culture, but people don't realize they shouldn't drive while high on drugs.

Recke said, "They are finding that the amount of chemicals, especially THC which is found in marijuana. The incidence of THC being found in someone stopped for DUI has increased dramatically."

Recke hopes in the 2013 legislative session, lawmakers work to find a way to quantify impairment while under the influence of drugs so people can be charged accordingly.

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