Nova Scotia RCMP cracking down on drug-impaired drivers

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Friday is checkpoint day in Nova Scotia.  

June 27, RCMP are holding traffic stops across the province to look for drug-impaired drivers as part of National Impaired Driving Enforcement Strategy.

“Motorists must take responsibility for their driving decisions and passengers have to be accountable for their decision to drive with someone who is impaired,” says drug recognition expert and member of the Traffic Services Unit, Const. Mark Skinner. 

Specially trained drug recognition experts like Skinner, the RCMP say, “can determine if a person is impaired by drugs using standardized series of tests and evaluation processes. In conjunction with toxicology results and driving evidence, these can be used as evidence in court.”

“People are wrong if they think because an officer cannot smell the odour of a drug that it cannot be otherwise detected,” adds Skinner.

Indicators for marijuana use, he said, include:

·         Diminished inhibitions;

·         Impaired perception of time and distance ;

·         Eyelid and body tremors;

·         Difficulty in dividing attention;

·         Residue in mouth;

·         Dilated pupils; and

·         Increased pulse rate, blood pressure.

 “We are trained to detect drivers who are 'high', regardless of what drug they’ve taken,” he said, adding the tests are conclusive enough to arrest a driver.

Citizens who spot a suspected impaired driver are asked to call 911 and report the location, description of the driver and/or vehicle and licence plate information. 

Organizations: RCMP, Traffic Services Unit

Geographic location: Nova Scotia

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  • Prescription drugs are a major issue on the road
    June 30, 2014 - 09:58

    RA ..obviously the lady was having or has a history of medical or mental health issues that required the intervention of a peace officer.That was very observant of you for someone who has indicators of a narrow,misguided and ignorant view of the 100,00 thousand police officers who serve across this great country , professionally enforcing our various statutes and laws.

    • RA
      July 01, 2014 - 13:40

      How dare you call me observant!!!!

  • RA
    June 27, 2014 - 14:21

    Those indicators would pretty much apply to any police person that I have ever had interactions with. I saw a police person just yesterday scare a lady so much that she went into a panic attack and an ambulance had to be called.