B.C’s Public Safety Minister is admitting he too has concerns about the device the federal government has mandated to test for drug impaired drivers.
Mike Farnworth says the Draeger DrugTest 5000 presents a number of challenges including how it is administered and the time it will take at the roadside to test each driver.
Farnworth says there is definitely going to be some litigation.
“The feds have approved a technology. British Columbia along with most of the provinces have a lot of questions about the technology in terms of the training that is required and how effective it is going to be. We know that from the moment the very first impairment charge is laid using the new technology there will be a court case. I fully expect that.”
A Vancouver lawyer says the device is useless in cold weather and requires a traffic stop of 25 minutes or so to check each driver for drug impairment.