Article by Frank Matys, Orillia Today
A newly-acquired roadside screening device, designed to detect drugs in a driver’s system, is bearing fruit for the Rama Police Service.
Officers pulled three people from the road in three days, following roadside tests that revealed drug use.
Police were employing a Drager DrugTest 5000, described as a fast and accurate means of testing a driver’s oral fluid to detect cannabis and cocaine.
“It is obviously very disturbing with respect to the results since we’ve acquired the instruments, but on the same side I think it’s also a good indication that our officers are out there pulling these individuals off the road,” Insp. Tom Batisse told Simcoe.com.
On May 7, police stopped a vehicle to conduct a sobriety investigation and took a roadside sample that revealed the novice driver had cocaine in his system.
His licence was seized and suspended for three days.
The following day, another novice driver tested positive for cannabis during a roadside test and received a three-day licence suspension/seizure.
On May 9, a 22-year-old Toronto man tested positive for cocaine and cannabis after being stopped for speeding.
He was charged with driving while suspended and drive vehicle or boat with cannabis readily available, with police issuing a suspension for novice driver presence of a drug.
His licence was seized and vehicle impounded for 45 days.
Police trained in the use of the roadside test are focusing on novice drivers, commercial drivers and young drivers.
“They can have no alcohol in their system, no drug whatsoever,” Batisse said. “Any trace of that substance can result in the suspension of a driver’s licence.”