The Maine Bureau of Highway Safety is ready to crack down on impaired driving with a new vehicle aimed at enhancing safety and testing accuracy.

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Maine Public Safety Commission John Morris is among those on hand for Wednesday's unveiling of the new Impaired Driving Roadside Testing Vehicle, which will be utilized at OUI checkpoints.

Lauren Stewart, director of the Maine Bureau of Highway Safety, says the goal is to enhance impaired driver testing accuracy. The new vehicle will feature the latest blood-alcohol testing equipment, along with drug recognition experts.

Officials say it's important to combat impaired driving because 34 percent of Maine highway deaths are caused by drunk or drug-impaired drivers.