The Justice Minister in Canada has approved a second device to test for the presence of THC in drivers suspected of cannabis intoxication. The Abbott SoToxa will (allegedly) be able to determine the presence of intoxicating substances in the suspect’s saliva. The Abbot SoToxa joins the Drager DrugTest 5000 as the only roadside tests approved for use in Canada. These tests will only be allowed to be used as a primary means of determining intoxication and will lead to further roadside and blood tests to confirm intoxication while driving.
While Canadian courts have not ruled on the legal use of these devices, defense attorneys have already indicated skepticism as to the validity of their results and their intent to challenge the legal use of the devices in court.
Do you think these tests will ultimately be approved for use? What will the societal impact be? Do you feel the results will be challenged in court? Will convictions result or will these devices join other obsolete police tools of the past? @Canadians input would be especially nice here. How will these devices impact you and your “driving habits”?
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