Toronto Police Testing Roadside Drug Screening

Article by The Toronto Star

Toronto police have begun a pilot project testing the use of roadside screening devices for drug-impaired driving.

The project — which continues through to next spring — will test how well officers are able to use certain roadside drug-testing devices on motorists under different weather conditions and at night.

It is part of a national effort aimed at testing how police forces can detect drug-impaired drivers, with forces in Vancouver, Halifax and Gatineau, Que., as well as the Ontario Provincial Police and certain RCMP detachments taking part.

Toronto police say the information they will be collecting will help develop practices for the use of “oral-fluid” screening devices in Canada.

The force also notes that there need to be legislative changes to allow roadside drug screening to become part of the drug-impaired-driving regime before Toronto police can use the devices in actual enforcement situations.

Police say participation in the project is anonymous and voluntary.

They say if a driver shows no sign of impairment, they are eligible to volunteer, and if they do end up testing positive for the presence of drugs, no charges would be laid.

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