The group Mothers Against Drunk Driving is renewing a call for drug-impaired checks after a pair of Vancouver drivers appeared to overdose at the wheel.
Spokesperson Bob Rorison says without anyway of testing high drivers, they will go unpunished.
“We all know that the only thing that will stop an impaired driver is if they’re fined, or if they’re having their license taken away or their car, or if they get a jail sentence. That’s the only deterrent that really seems to work.”
Rorison thinks roadside oral fluid drug testing needs to be done to keep impaired drivers off the road and a law needs to be put in place to determine whether a driver is high at the wheel – similar to a breathalyzer for blood-alcohol levels.
“We don’t have the legal knowledge of a person that is impaired by drugs. We don’t have the specific way of testing.”
Rorison says some countries have roadside oral fluid drug testing, which he thinks Canada needs to look into.
Less than three per cent of all DUI charges in 2014 were for drivers impaired by drugs.
The United Kingdom, European Union, Australia and several states in the U-S have implemented legal limits for drug-impaired drivers.