On Thursday March 7th, multiple members of the Combined Traffic Services Saskatchewan (CTSS) were in Carlyle for some training. This included RCMP members from Broadview, Ft. Qu’ Appelle, Estevan, Weyburn and Carlyle.
Around the lunch hour CTSS members took advantage of being in the same area and went around town to do a blitz on traffic enforcement, particularly around the school zone in response to community requests complaining of erratic driving near the schools.
Several tickets and warnings were issued for various moving violations and equipment regulations.
There were also 3 drug recognition experts working who can conduct field sobriety testing by directing an individual to perform a number of psycho-motor tests and measure involuntary responses to certain visual stimuli. It was also an opportunity for one of the traffic members who has been trained to operate and was carrying the new “DRAEGER 5000” oral swab drug recognition equipment an approve device under the Criminal Code for detecting impairment by drug.
Under the new cannabis laws, if charged for operating a conveyance (motor vehicle) with a THC level from 2 nanograms but less than 5 nanograms per ml of blood is a straight summary offence. if charged for operating a conveyance (motor vehicle) with a THC level of 5 nanograms per ml of blood or more will be a hybrid offence. It is a criminal offence to refuse the demand made by a peace officer to provide a sample.
Two vehicles were stopped over the lunch hour and submitted oral samples, one driver passed, the other did not. The driver who failed was arrested and is now under investigation for drug impaired driving. The driver was later released and no charges have been laid yet as the matter is still under investigation.