Roadside drug tests coming to Canada ?  

TechSteve 49M
1222 posts
6/13/2006 7:16 am

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6/16/2006 6:36 pm

Roadside drug tests coming to Canada ?

Authorities in Canada are thinking of giving law enforcement officers the power to do roadside tests for drivers being under the influence of drugs. If the officer strongly suspects the person is under the influence of drugs, they would go to the police station for further testing.

In Canada at the moment, a police officer can charge a person with IMPAIRED DRIVING if the officer finds you are under the influence of any drug, including cold medicines or alcohol and you do something such as ditch your car or weave on the roads. OVER .08 is another criminal law in Canada and it has nothing to do with driving ability. It just means you were caught with too much alcohol in your system.

I am a commercial trucker who used to go to the US, which takes this kind of thing a lot more serious than Canada. If they wanted to, they can make me do a roadside piss test. If I ever got caught with drugs or alcohol in my system, I would not be allowed to enter the US as a commercial trucker. I might not even be allowed to enter the US as a tourist.

There is always the possibility of me taking trips down there so I DONT DO ANY drugS OF ANY KIND . I also believe in a drug free lifestyle too.

I know there are people out there using drugs and driving. I think they have been getting away with it too long. Many of these people traffic their drugs, which is a serious offense, so this is one more way to get them.

DONT DRINK OR DO drugS AND DRIVE.

Steve

Note: AdultFriendFinder is preventing me from capitalizing the word drug.


themisskrissy 56F
2302 posts
6/13/2006 10:37 pm

canada needs to quit suckassen some yankees butt and get on with the legalizing of the 402...
no matter how much we tax alcohol and tobacco, and maybe the herb, we will never recoup the social and health care costs..
BUT take that money that is currently going to the dealers and use it to help clean up our roadways of under the influences.. send our law enforcement types after the high rolling dope fiends.. the cookers and importers..
smoking it is not going to stop.. so let the government control it...

fyi.. i am a non user...

Virtue Alone Ennobles


TechSteve 49M

6/14/2006 8:05 am

I was listening to a program on the radio and I found out there are no stats on the influence of drugs in motor vehicle accidents or injuries or death.

If I was driving a commercial vehicle south of the border and if there was an accident involving injury and I was involved, automatically the commercial truck driver gets tested for drugs and alcohol.

There are also people that do drugs while they are on the job or just before they start putting them and their fellow workers at risk if they operate machinery.

Miss Krissy I do agree with legalizing it.....let them smoke it in their homes........if they drive while high, throw the book at them.

I know there are responsible pot smokers out there that smoke it only on time off and they dont drive or put anybody in danger.

Steve


header1979 37M
507 posts
6/15/2006 9:09 pm

Hey Steve, I remember awhile back that you and someone else got into a real pissing contest on this issue in either the Advice Line, rants or articles (I can't remember which.) It is one thing to legalize the use of the weed but quite another to drive while impaired. If you are impaired from the weed, alcohol, prescription drugs or even non-prescription drugs, you shouldn't be driving - period. Particularly if you are a commercial trucker driving a big rig. I never understood why people gave you so much shit about that and don't understand that it is a safety issue and not a recreational use of drug issue.

I don't know if it was covered in the Canadian press, but look at the recent case of Congressman Patrick Kennedy. He allegedly was only using a pain killer and ran the up on the curb and hit a barricade. What drives the point home to me is that I regularly walk through that intersection. He could just as easily run my ass down if I were there.


TechSteve 49M

6/16/2006 6:36 pm

    Quoting header1979:
    Hey Steve, I remember awhile back that you and someone else got into a real pissing contest on this issue in either the Advice Line, rants or articles (I can't remember which.) It is one thing to legalize the use of the weed but quite another to drive while impaired. If you are impaired from the weed, alcohol, prescription drugs or even non-prescription drugs, you shouldn't be driving - period. Particularly if you are a commercial trucker driving a big rig. I never understood why people gave you so much shit about that and don't understand that it is a safety issue and not a recreational use of drug issue.

    I don't know if it was covered in the Canadian press, but look at the recent case of Congressman Patrick Kennedy. He allegedly was only using a pain killer and ran the up on the curb and hit a barricade. What drives the point home to me is that I regularly walk through that intersection. He could just as easily run my ass down if I were there.
Header, I remember that exchange in the magazine.

I cannot remember the exact details. If there were people defending smoking pot and driving or working with machinery then they are either totally out to lunch or the pot they are smoking is shit.

Canada is starting to clamp down on everything involving driving.

The federal government is introducing a bill to make street racing a crime. That means if you are caught street racing if this bill becomes law, you are charged criminally. Right now, it is just a serious moving violation and it would just go on your driving record.

I can see commercial truck drivers in Canada being subjected to drug testing just like the US. Canada has standardized the hrs of service with the US in the last couple of yrs and I predict that will be next.

As far as your congressman goes, he should be charged with impaired driving if he was in Canada and he did that kind of thing. I have no idea how often the police authorities get somebody who is under the influence of a cold medicine.

Steve


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