Public Safety Canada is starting a pilot project in a handful of Canadian cities to evaluate the effectiveness of oral roadside drug testing devices in a variety of weather conditions.
It will be piloted in cities including Gatineau, Toronto, Vancouver, Halifax, Yellowknife and North Battleford, Sask.
The project is funded by Public Safety Canada in collaboration with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators.
“Testing these new drug screening devices is an important step in our ongoing effort to enhance the enforcement of drug-impaired driving laws, reduce drug-impaired driving, and improve the safety and security of all Canadians,” said Ralph Goodale, the minister of public safety and emergency preparedness, in announcing the project.
The devices being tested are oral fluid screening devices that check saliva for indications of drugs including cannabis, cocaine, methamphetamine and opioids.
The testing devices, the Alere DDS 2® and the Securetec DrugWipe 5S, do not measure the level of impairment of a driver.