Unclear if pot impairment detectors will come to Squamish

The RCMP is conducting a pilot project on THC-level readers for roadside impairment

Legalizing pot has prompted questions as to how local officers will enforce impaired driving laws.

As of now, Squamish RCMP say they don’t have any roadside devices that can determine if someone is unsuited to drive because of marijuana consumption.

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However, Cpl. Sascha Banks says the RCMP in general is conducting a pilot project where they are testing devices that measure THC levels.

Banks said it’s unclear if Squamish will be getting those devices.

“Currently, impaired driving by drugs investigations in Squamish are conducted by standard field sobriety tests roadside, as well as by drug recognition experts,” Banks told The Chief in an email.

“At this stage, the Squamish RCMP is committed to providing continual training for conducting impaired driving by drugs investigations and are prepared to conduct such investigations.”





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