Starting Sunday, police will be able to hand out fines, or take away drivers’ licenses if you’re caught driving while under the influence of drugs.
According to police, there are measures in place to determine if a driver is impaired through the use of drugs.
“That’s where the use of the field sobriety testing and the drug recognition experts come into play,” OPP Sgt. Dave Rektor told AM980. “If someone is expected of being impaired, they can be brought in front of a drug recognition expert.”
Under the new regulations, those who fail roadside tests will face a $180 fine and a three-day suspension of their licence for a first offence. If officers catch a person a second time, the suspension is increased to seven days and 30 days for subsequent occurrences.
Drivers could also have their licenses taken away for 90 days and their vehicles impounded after further testing at a police detachment.
Mandatory education and treatment programs are also possible under the beefed up regulations.
“It’s another tool that the judicial system has at their disposal, it’s not seen so much as a penalty in that case but a rehabilitation,” Rektor said.
Drivers may also face criminal charges for impaired driving, but these new changes are being implemented now to give police the ability to get impaired drivers off the roads.