Truro in good position to spot drug-impaired drivers when cannabis legalized: police chief

Police Chief Dave MacNeil feels the Truro Police Service is in pretty good position to spot drug-impaired drivers when cannabis becomes legal this fall.

Last month, the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police says it is unlikely to reach its goal of having 2,000 officers trained in time.

But, MacNeil tells our newsroom Truro already had two Drug Recognition Experts and recently trained a third, plus there are at least a dozen officers trained in standardized field sobriety testing.

The only thing left is to learn what Ottawa has determined will be the approved oral screening tool for cannabis, which MacNeil hopes to have an answer to soon.

MacNeil says impaired driving is a huge issue for police and they're hoping they won't see a big uptake in drug-impaired driving once cannabis is legal October 17.