In Canada, studies indicate that drugs, either alone or in combination with alcohol, are found in up to 30 percent of fatally injured drivers. In response to this problem, the Government of Canada drafted legislation, Bill C-2, which passed into law on July 2nd 2008, which provides police officers better tools to detect and investigate drug impaired driving. The law adopts the program endorsed by the International Association of Chiefs of Police which has been in effect in several states in the United States of America for many years.
The Treaty Three Police Service has been very proactive in the area of Drug Recognition and currently has 2 Drug Recognition Experts who have received extensive training and participated in at least 12 certification evaluations before being recommended as an expert by two senior instructors.
As well, several more officers have been trained to perform Standardized Field Sobriety Tests at the roadside.
Amendments in 2008 to the Criminal Code, gives (SFTS) and (DRE) Officers the authority to demand:
Changes to the law also mean that drivers caught under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs may:
Face tougher mandatory penalties such as:
For more information on this program please click on the following link to the International Drug Evaluator & Classification Program Website: www.decp.org/