As marijuna is becoming legalized across Canada, there was always the question of how police would detect drivers who are high.
Recently, this question has been answered with a new roadside test called the “Drager DrugTest 5000.” This test was developed to detect for the main psychoactive agent (THC) found in cannabis.
This testing equipment comes at the perfect time: the legalization of cannabis for recreational use will be in effect on October 17th.
The first of it's kind, this test will use saliva to screen drivers who are high.
Across Canada, police will have access to the equipment, which should be available in as little as four-six weeks from now.
Longterm and specifically over the next five years, $161 million dollars will be funded by the federal government for both police training and equipment to test for cannabis use.
Government funding will also contribute to a public awareness campaign about the dangers of driving high. These dangers include a slower reaction time and reduction in decision making time. Driving high can lead drivers to have an inconsistent speed and wander off the road. Drivers not only put themselves at danger but also other motorists on the road.
If you are caught driving while high, here are the legal consequences:
- Suspended license
- Criminal charges
- Jail Time