MP Rayes hopes for bill’s speedy passage: Drug Detection Devices

Release Date: 
April 5, 2017
Translation from the original French version
La Nouvelle

Yesterday, Bill S-230 tabled by Senator Claude Carignan in the Senate and sponsored by Conservative MP Alan Rayes went through another stage when it was debated for the first time in the House of Commons.
This bill amends the Criminal Code to allow the use of a device to detect the presence of drugs in the body of drivers suspected of impaired driving, similar to a breathalyzer that detects alcohol. For MP Alain Rayes, this bill is critically important to ensure Canadians are protected against drug-impaired drivers and has become increasingly urgent given the Liberals’ promise to legalize marijuana. “Currently, police don’t have the necessary tools to get drug-impaired drivers off the road,” said Mr. Rayes.
This position is shared by the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP) which reported, on February 8th, that drug-impaired driving is a major concern for Canada’s police force. The CACP took this opportunity to reiterate that it strongly supports the implementation of a roadside screening device. Alan Rayes is pleased to see that for the past several months various police forces in Canada have been testing these screening devices during voluntary road checks. “It will give the Minister of Public Safety a better idea on which devices to use, and if the positive comments of the police who tested the devices are any indication, there is every reason to believe that Bill S-230 could be adopted without delay in the House of Commons. I hope that the government will equip Canadian police with this screening instrument,” continued the MP.
Senator Claude Carignan shares this point of view. “We must give our police officers a screening device which can ascertain the presence of drugs in the body of an impaired driver. This will enable us, as is the case in a number of countries, to prevent devastating human tragedies. Today, I commend my colleague Alain Rayes for his work and am looking carefully at what the government will do: take immediate action by supporting my bill or throw it out,” he added.
These devices are already in use in several countries, including Australia, the United Kingdom, Spain, Italy, France, Finland, Germany, and many Western jurisdictions. “These screening devices proved their worth and there is no reason why the government would refuse to support Bill S-230 and protect the Canadian population against drug-impaired drivers. The Colorado experience shows that legalizing marijuana causes an increase in drug consumption and road fatalities. There is no time to lose,” concluded Alain Rayes.