The Canadian police will soon have their first roadside device to test drivers for potential marijuana intoxication.
The test will screen for the presence of THC in the person’s saliva. This will definitely be a step up from the current practice of using standardized sobriety test, which simply involves asking a driver to stand on one foot or walk in a straight line.
The new test from a German-based company is called Draeger DrugTest 5000, and it can detect recent drug use – from approximately a 6-hour window – by using a sample of human saliva.
The device is already approved in other countries, including the United Kingdom and Germany, however, it may be adapted to meet Canadian standards. Moreover, it’s possible that the Canadian Society of Forensic Science continues to test and approve other devices which will be adopted later on. This is only the beginning.
Looks like the federal government has definitely made some big advances in their mission to prevent and stop drug-impaired driving.