New drug-impaired driving training curriculum rolled out to law enforcement across Canada From: Public Safety Canada

May 23rd, 2018

News release

May  22, 2018
Ottawa, Ontario
Public Safety Canada

The safety and security of Canadians is a priority for the Government of Canada. Drug-impaired driving is on the rise in Canada since police-reported data became available in 2009, and is a major contributor to fatal road crashes.  Young people continue to be the largest group of drivers who die in crashes and test positive for drugs. With drug-impaired driving on the rise in Canada, the Government of Canada is taking action to support increased training for law enforcement to detect and deter drug-impaired driving and keep Canadian roads safe.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), in consultation with police services across Canada, has developed a new “Introduction to Drug-Impaired Driving” training curriculum for Canadian law enforcement to complement current Standard Field Sobriety Testing (SFST) training. The course is taken in person and includes training on the signs and symptoms of drug impairment on a driver, with a special emphasis on cannabis, and includes an overview of the characteristics of alcohol impairment, as well as information on impaired driving laws and medical conditions that can mimic drug impairment.

All police officers receiving SFST training will now also receive the additional training. Police officers who had previously taken SFST training will have access to an online version of the “Introduction to Drug-Impaired Driving” course curriculum.

Border Services Officers (BSO) from the Canada Border Services Agency will also receive SFST training, including the “Introduction to Drug-Impaired Driving” curriculum specifically tailored to the Agency’s mandate. This enhanced training will be standard for new BSOs deployed at land ports of entry.

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Posted on May 23rd, 2018