Article by Sarah Leamon, Cannabis Life Network
It looks like a new roadside testing device is about to hit our roadways come October, but this one won’t be screening for alcohol.
The Draeger DrugTest 5000 is set to become the first approved drug-screening device to be used by Canadian police forces.
Based on the advice of an independent committee of toxicologists and traffic safety experts, Jody Wilson-Raybould has given a 30-day notice of ministerial order to approve the device for use. An opportunity for the public to weigh-in follows the notice, but assuming everything goes smoothly, the device will be approved for use as soon as Bill C-46 becomes enforceable law on October 17, 2018.
This marks the very first time in Canadian history that a roadside screening device will be used to detect for the presence of drugs in drivers.
Prior to this, officers were limited to conducting standardized field sobriety testing in order to form grounds to detain and arrest a driver for drug-impaired driving. These tests, while extremely subjective and often problematic in their own right, have been around for decades – and that won’t change on October 17, 2018.
Standardized field sobriety tests will still be available for officers to use in the course of impaired driving investigations. However, they will also have the Draeger DrugTest 5000 at their disposal.