Police in communities across British Columbia and Canada are always on the lookout for impaired drivers and increasingly engage specially trained officers to enhance impaired driving investigations and provide expert testimony in court.
Impaired driving investigations are complex and officers trained to conduct Standardized Field Sobriety Tests and Drug Recognition Evaluations utilize the special training, skills and knowledge they have acquired to detect impairment by alcohol and drugs. The evidence these officers gather can be crucial when Crown Counsel determines whether or not to lay charges against an impaired driver.
Once an impaired driving investigation goes to court, these same officers may be required to provide expert testimony regarding their observations and the evidence they gathered. Courts across Canada are increasingly accepting of the evidence and expert testimony given by these officers, resulting in convictions of impaired drivers.
Officers trained to conduct Standardized Field Sobriety Tests and Drug Recognition Evaluations work in many Detachments across British Columbia and Canada and can be called upon any time to assist with an impaired driving investigation. These officers are frequently on patrol in our communities watching specifically for impaired drivers in their ongoing efforts to keep our roadways safe for everyone. Police ask that drivers make the right choice and drive sober each and every time they get behind the wheel, for their safety and the safety of others.
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