Halifax Police Rolling Out Roadside Drug Testing Pilot Project

Article by CTV Atlantic

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As the federal government moves to legalize marijuana, Halifax Regional Police are testing out their part of a pilot project of roadside drug testing devices.

Const. Kristine Fraser of HRP says officers will ask drivers for a saliva sample. She says it’s like a breathalyzer – but instead of your breath, the machine takes oral fluid for drug testing.

“Halifax Regional Police along with various other agencies across Canada are partnering with Public Safety Canada to test two roadside devices to detect the presence of any illegal substance,” Const. Fraser said.

Halifax police are one of six departments across the country participating in the voluntary pilot program. Right now, saliva is being used for research purposes only.

The device will allow officers to take you to a drug enforcement officer if an illegal substance is detected.

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