Article by Mike O, Cannabis Life Network
You may have heard of the Draeger DrugTest 5000, the one and only roadside testing device approved by the federal government so far that will check whether drivers are under the influence of THC and other drugs through their saliva.
But there are many concerns with this device and since its approval on Aug. 27, lawyers and police forces across the country have called out the device’s many problems- like its $6000 price tag, only being able to test for the presence of drugs and not impairment, and having an operating temperature between 4-40 degrees Celsius (rendering it useless for Canada’s winters!).
Even eating, drinking, or smoking within 10 minutes of taking the test is enough to throw off the results and a recent article in The Lawyer’s Daily went as far as calling the Draeger a “roulette wheel” over concerns over its reliability![Editor’s Note: CLN goes into all of that and more in a featured article by criminal lawyer Sarah Leamon available here.]
Given the many limitations of the device, some police forces across the country are being cautious and taking a wait-and-see approach.
Draeger DrugTest gives false positives 14% of the time, according to reports
According to CTV News, “the device has also been used in Australia, where police admitted in 2016 that it gave accurate results only about two thirds of the time.”