The Leaf News Takes a Draeger DrugTest 5000 Roadside Drug Test

Article by Leaf News

The Draeger DrugTest 5000: The very name strikes terror into the hearts of Canadian cannabis users who fear the federally approved roadside drug-screening device could help send them to jail for impaired driving. On Friday, a Leaf News reporter volunteered to be tested by the $5,000 device at a press conference held by the Winnipeg police, who were showing it off to local reporters as part of their year-end campaign against impaired driving. The whole process took about six minutes: Less than one minute for the reporter to swab the inside of his mouth with a test kit until a colour indicator showed enough saliva had been collected, and five minutes more for the portable analyzer to process the swab. (The reporter passed, with the machine reporting negative results for the presence of cannabis and cocaine.) Recent Canadian media coverage of cannabis-impaired driving has focused inordinately on certain flaws with the Draeger device: it reportedly doesn't work well in the cold, and has been known to report false positives. Winnipeg Police Service Const. Stephane Fontaine shows off a Draeger DrugTest 5000 roadside screening device. (Solomon Israel / Winnipeg Free Press) The Draeger DrugTest 5000: The very name strikes terror into the hearts of Canadian cannabis users who fear the federally approved roadside drug-screening device could help send them to jail for impaired driving.

The Draeger DrugTest 5000: The very name strikes terror into the hearts of Canadian cannabis users who fear the federally approved roadside drug-screening device could help send them to jail for impaired driving.

On Friday, a Leaf News reporter volunteered to be tested by the $5,000 device at a press conference held by the Winnipeg police, who were showing it off to local reporters as part of their year-end campaign against impaired driving.

The whole process took about six minutes: Less than one minute for the reporter to swab the inside of his mouth with a test kit until a colour indicator showed enough saliva had been collected, and five minutes more for the portable analyzer to process the swab. (The reporter passed, with the machine reporting negative results for the presence of cannabis and cocaine.)

Recent Canadian media coverage of cannabis-impaired driving has focused inordinately on certain flaws with the Draeger device: it reportedly doesn’t work well in the cold, and has been known to report false positives.

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