Roadside Screening Device for Testing Drivers’ Saliva for Cannabis - LCP Criminal Lawyers

Roadside Screening Device for Testing Drivers’ Saliva for Cannabis

In July, 2018, the Federal Government approved the first device for testing drivers’ saliva for the presence of drugs.

Until now, the police would test for drug-impaired driving by conducted a roadside standardized field sobriety test, which involves tests such as standing on one foot or walking in a straight line.

The saliva-testing device is a mobile device which will allow police officers to swab the inside of a driver’s mouth to receive a sample of oral fluid. The oral fluid would then be run in a mobile machine to test for the presence of THC to determine if there has been recent consumption of cannabis. The saliva-testing device has also been approved to test for the recent consumption of cocaine.

If a driver fails a mobile screening device, the result will be used along with other observations to form a police officer’s reasonable grounds that the driver is impaired by drugs. The driver will be arrested and transported to a police station for further testing.

Unlike an alcohol-screen device, the science behind a drug-screening device is much less established. There will be many challenges to the reliability of the mobile device and oral fluid testing.

If you have been charged with drug-impaired driving, contact Lockyer Campbell Posner for assistance.

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