Concerned with future difficulties regarding controlling drivers impaired by drugs, Leduc city council has passed a resolution to send the matter to the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM), hoping it will be placed on the agenda for the FCM conference in June.
“Council is fairly proactive when it comes to issues that not only affect our communities but others,” said Leduc mayor Greg Krischke.
“This is a resolution that says there should be some work done to have legislation in place similar to drunk driving,” he added.
Krischke says he is willing to bet several other communities will be sending similar resolutions to FCM this year.
“We’re just putting this out there because this (Liberal) government seems to be moving toward legalization of marijuana,” said Krischke.
Krischke says he recently went on a ride-along with Leduc RCMP and a driver he says was impaired by drugs was stopped. “The way it was explained to me is it might have taken four hours to get the person with the expertise to see how drug impaired.”
Krischke says as legislation stands now, in such situations police really can only take a drivers’ licence for 24 hours and impound the vehicle for 24 hours. “That’s really the only thing police can do right now … There aren’t really solid guidelines and policies in place.”
Leduc RCMP Insp. Kevin Kunetzki confirmed drug recognition experts could be called in for such situations.
Further Leduc RCMP comments were not available before press time.