Article by Toronto Observer
East Yorkers can expect to be asked about cannabis as well as alcohol this year when they roll down the window for the Toronto Police’s holiday RIDE program.
RIDE (Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere) will run through the holiday season. The purpose of the program is to raise awareness of the dangers and consequences of impaired driving.
Last year in East York, TPS stopped 14,959 vehicles. Of those stops, 13 drivers received warnings and 12 drivers failed the impairment test.
Toronto Police have purchased two Dräger DrugTest 5000s to test drivers’ saliva for traces of cannabis, specifically THC, the psychoactive component of the drug. It also tests for traces of cocaine.
Police officers check for impairment by observing the driving and behaviour of the driver. If an officer suspects impairment, then devices such as a breathalyzer or the Dräger can be used.
“Oral fluid devices are good tools for officers to detect the presence of drugs if the officer suspects a driver could be impaired,” said Sgt. Brett Moore of Toronto Police traffic services. “It doesn’t prove impairment or anything like that, but it gives the officer an indication that there is a drug in that person’s system.”