Article by David Brown, Lift
One of the primary concerns from law enforcement and other stakeholders as Canada moves towards legalization of marijuana is drug-impaired driving. As the government prepares to introduce legislation this spring to legalize and regulate cannabis, they have also been increasing their messaging around concerns with people getting high and then getting behind the wheel.
Public Safety Canada (PSC) has been releasing videos discussing concerns with cannabis impaired driving, especially among Canadian youth. One released earlier this month as part of an oral fluid drug screening device pilot project with PSC (alongside the RCMP, seven law enforcement agencies across Canada, and Rachel Huggins from PSC) stressed that young people continue to be the largest group of drivers in Canada who die in crashes and test positive for alcohol and drugs.
The pilot project will allow various police groups across the country to test out new roadside oral cannabis detection devices to see what works and what doesn’t.
“Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is a major contributor to fatal road crashes in Canada,” says Huggins in the video. “Did you know that young people continue to be the largest group of drivers who die in crashes and test positive for alcohol and drugs?
“Reducing drug-impaired driving and increasing road safety are important issues for the Government of Canada. Public Safety Canada, the RCMP, and seven police forces across the country are leading a pilot to test drug screening devices on drivers until March 2017. If you are stopped and asked to participate, please volunteer. None of your personal information will be used. None of the device-testing results will be used in court as evidence for charges. Your cooperation will help inform future decisions on driving under the influence of drugs in Canada.”