Canadian Road Safety News Digest

Liberals’ pot plan looks for way to detect and deter drug-impaired driving

May 23, 2016   |   Categories: Canadian Road Safety News Digest, News

CBC News (OTTAWA, ONTARIO)

The man tasked with coming up with Canada's marijuana law has a proposal for dealing with one of the biggest issues facing legalization: prevention of driving under the influence of pot.

While police can conduct field sobriety tests if they suspect a driver is impaired by any substance, there is no established breathalyzer equivalent in roadside policing to easily detect and measure impairment when it comes to driving while high.

Liberal MP Bill Blair says oral fluids testing could be the roadside measure used by Canadian authorities to detect marijuana in a person's system.

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