Roadside Drug Testing in Canada

The Canadian Society of Forensic Science estimate that there are currently fewer than 200 cases per year of drug-impaired driving compared to 81000 cases of alcohol-impaired driving. However, there are currently very few studies available that have measured actual numbers. In July of 2008, a new Canadian law came into effect authorizing police to perform road-side drug testing. Drivers who refuse to submit to the test can be fined up to $1000 or a month in jail for a second refusal to test. The consequences are similar to refusing a road-side breathalyzer.