A controversial device the federal government is mandating to check for drug impaired drivers won’t be in use in Kamloops.
Mayor Ken Christian says if city RCMP are going to use a roadside screening device to check for drug impairment it must be above reproach, and the Draeger DrugTest 5000 simply isn’t.
“There is some issue with these new devices in that the temperature range that they operate in is quite slim. So you have to make sure, I think, it’s between 4 and 40 degrees Celsius. So you have to anticipate that if its being used in cold weather, you are going to have a lot of potential error. Lawyers, I think, would capitalize on that uncertainty, in terms of defense of people.”
Christian says instead the local RCMP will use drug recognition experts, three or four specially trained constables, to administer roadside impairment testing.
He says it is only fair for accused drug impaired drivers, police, and the community to use a device that delivers consistent reliable results.