Police could have a new tool in the fight against people driving while high.
The Task Force on Marijuana Legalization and Regulation, is suggesting requiring drivers to submit to a roadside saliva test, to test the amount of drugs in their system. The suggestion was made in a paper published on Thursday, June 30.
Being under the influence of drugs can have the same effect or more on drivers, than does drinking, on those who drink and drive.
How the process would work is, police would first give drivers a breathalyzer test, and if a person passes that, they would, then, be required to provide a saliva sample to be tested. The test would determine if the person has smoked any drug in the past few hours or even few days.
This motion is receiving support from current MP and former Toronto police Chief Bill Blair. As a former cop, he knows the need for more tools for the police.
According to a 2010 study, over 36 per cent of drivers killed in motor vehicle accidents tested positive for psychoactive drugs. This would be the first step to making the streets safer for everyone, especially those who don’t have as much driving experience.
Canadians recently saw a startling result from a recent Statefarm survey. 44 per cent of people, using Cannabis, thought being high had no affect on their ability to drive. Science and practical sense says otherwise.
Roadside saliva testing is already done by countries such as Australia, successfully, and would add a tool here, that could be used, to remove those from the road, who are too impaired to drive.
Lets hope this testing regimen is implemented by police, so we can make our community roads safer, for all drivers and pedestrians. Stay safe everyone.
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