Recreational cannabis use will be legal in just over two months and law enforcement across the country are busy preparing to test for drug-impaired drivers. 

"There has been some information released in relation to the federal government looking to approve a saliva testing device," explained Police Chief, Paul Ladouceur. "They are in the process right now. That device is the Draeger Drug Test 5000."

The device has already been used in other countries already and is designed to test for marijuana, cocaine, and other drugs.

"We are waiting patiently for that to run its course through the federal government process and once that is approved and put into law then we will begin the acquisition process to ensure that we have those devices."

The device will allow the officers to do the test on the side of the road and give them further grounds to either request a blood test or an examination by a drug recognition expert.

"We're getting down to the wire, it's coming in October, so hopefully we will be able to get these devices fairly quickly and I'm confident that we will."

The devices, when they arrive will be assigned to a car.

"When an officer comes in, we wouldn't assign each officer with an individual testing device because it would become quite expensive. What happens is the officer signs these out at the start of the shift, they take them on patrol with them, when they're done, they sign them back in."

Ladouceur notes, however, that the devices aren't the only way that police can detect drivers who are impaired by drugs. 

"We have two trained drug recognition experts that can certainly do the testing required without that instrument. We have numerous officers being trained in standardized field sobriety testing also."

He added that drugged driving is not something that is new to the EPS and they have been dealing with it for years.

"Legislation and legalization of cannabis is new but people have been using cannabis for years, we all know that. So to think that come legalization we are going to have hundreds of impaired drivers by drug, I don't think is completely valid. I think we might see an increase but the reality at the end of the day is it's not something new to police." 

READ MORE: High Drivers the Focus of August Traffic Safety Spotlight

More Local News

Federal Budget 2019: Local MP Dr. Robert Kitchen

Souris-Moose Mountain MP Doctor Robert Kitchen didn’t sugarcoat his opinion on the federal budget delivered in Ottawa on Tuesday. “This is all staged to be a cover-up,” Kitchen said, alluding to the…

Wildlife Federation Voices Displeasure over Office Closures

Last week the Ministry of Environment announced the closure of 19 field offices, including the one here in Estevan. The decision was a result of budgte cuts and will impact 19 jobs, three of which…

Some Results From Last Nights EPS Board Meeting

The EPS held there police board meeting last night and while there was nothing extraordinary there were a few items of note. The police noted that there was a slight decrease in property crimes in…

Provincial Budget Investing In Intersection Safety

The 2019-20 Budget is balanced and is providing support for mental health and for vulnerable families to increasing funding to classrooms and improvements to highway safety. To improve safety at…

Street Closure Due To Sewer Replacement

There is a road closure in the Energy City today. Safety Coordinator with the City Of Estevan Helen Fornwald, "The City of Estevan would like to advise the public, that the 10 hundred block of Valley…

The Estevan Army Cadet Corp Holding 102nd Anniversary Vimy Remembered In April

The No.2901 Estevan Elks Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corp will be hosting the 102nd Anniversary Vimy Remembered Presentation in April. Its a way for the…

Rock Your Socks Off For Down Syndrome Awareness

On World Down Syndrome Day, Thursday 21 March 2019, the Down Syndrome community is calling upon every person with Down syndrome to tell the world to “leave no one behind”. Kala Wock local resident on…

Recreational Needs Assessment

The announcement was made by the City of Estevan yesterday about a new Recreational Needs Assessment that has already started to gather information from our community about what our city needs moving…

City in Holding Pattern Awaiting Carbon Tax Impact

Even the most devoted fans of April Fools Day aren't looking forward to the first of the month this year as the federally instituted carbon tax looms. The exact nature of the tax's impact on…

Provincial Budget 2019: First Look

A balanced budget, as promised. Saskatchewan Finance Minister Donna Harpauer delivered the 2019-20 budget in the Legislature Wednesday afternoon, posting a $34 million surplus. The budget includes…

DiscoverEstevan.com is Estevan's only source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.

Search the Biz Guide

Login