Drug Screening Device Pilot Project receives positive reviews from police
“I would like to thank all of the police and volunteers who participated in the pilot project. Drug impaired driving is a serious problem and giving law enforcement more tools to detect and deter drug-impaired driving will better protect our communities. I am pleased the pilot project demonstrates this technology works in our unique Canadian environment.”
-The Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness
"The CACP supports the findings of this pilot project. Oral fluid drug screening devices are a necessary tool as part of an overall strategy to detect individuals who choose to drive under the influence of drugs.”
-Directeur Mario Harel, President, Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police
Two oral fluid drug screening devices, the Securetec DrugRead and Alere DDS-2 were selected for the pilot project.
A total of 53 officers from police departments in Vancouver, Toronto, Halifax, Gatineau, the Ontario Provincial Police and RCMP in Yellowknife and North Battleford participated in the pilot.
Approximately 15% of all volunteers who participated in the pilot project registered a positive drug reading.
Oral fluid screening devices can detect the recent presence of several drugs, including THC from cannabis, cocaine, methamphetamines, opioids, benzodiazepines and amphetamines.
According to Statistics Canada, almost 3,000 drug-impaired driving incidents were reported in 2015, representing 4% of all impaired driving incidents, double the proportion in 2009, when data on drug-impaired driving first became available.
Under the proposed Bill C-46: An Act to amend the Criminal Code (offences relating to conveyances) and to make consequential amendments to other Acts, a law enforcement officer would be authorized, following a legal roadside stop, to demand that a driver provide an oral fluid sample if they reasonably suspect a driver has drugs in their body.
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