Windsor Police Prepare For Roadside Pot Testing

Windsor Police Services are preparing to roll out a new device that can determine whether or not a driver is under the influence of Marijuana.

According to Stats Canada 1.4-million Canadians admitted they had been in a vehicle driven by someone who had consumed cannabis within two-hours of getting behind the wheel — one in seven flat out admitted to driving within two hours of using the drug.

Chief Al Frederick tells AM800 News the saliva-based test will give police grounds to bring someone in for further testing.

"It helps the officer formulate what we call reasonable grounds to make an arrest and bring the person in for further analysis of the THC in their system," he says.

Frederick says they won’t know how reliable it is until the device receives a trial by fire in the real world.

"Until the dependability of this new device proven through the rigors of court challenges, we really don't know the answer to that question, but we know there will be an increase in impaired by drug [charges]," says Frederick.

Training and equipment could cost Windsor police hundreds of thousands of dollars — the roadside test is only one step in the process.

"[The device] just basically says that there's THC and cannabis in the system, but we still have to bring that person in and draw blood to have a fully accurate picture," he says.

The Cannabis Act set to become law on Oct. 17.


— with files from AM800's Rob Hindi.