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The Abbott SoToxa -- The Second Approved Drug Detection Instrument

Posted in IMPAIRED DRIVING, CRIMINAL DRIVING OFFENCES, Tagged Criminal Defence Blog, The Fun, Disturbing and Peculiar

June 29, 2019

canada's second drug detection instrument

In April 2019 the Federal Government approved a second drug screening device used to screen for impaired drivers.  The Abbott “SoToxa” -- a device that claims to be able to use a saliva sample to test for drugs entered a 30-day public review on April 20th, 2019.    The manufacturer claims the instrument will work in cold weather.

“This Hour has 22 minutes” created this brilliant and funny skit about the saliva testing device. Remember, "park in spark" in Calgary or anywhere in Alberta could attract the attention of the police. This Calgary drug lawyer recommends against it.  

What does the future hold for the Abbott SoToxa and other new drug detection instruments?  Only time will tell; for it is certain that impaired driving lawyers in Alberta and across the Country will closely evaluate these instruments and very likely challenge the reliability of these instruments in Court.  Whatever instrument is used, imbibing any intoxicants and operating a conveyance, places the driver at risk.

a message from impaired driving lawyers

Though defence lawyers in Calgary, Alberta and across this Country earn a living from being hired to defend impaired driving cases, we strongly advise against ever getting behind the wheel after consuming any drugs or alcohol.  Since the risk is often not foreseeable, it's better to not take any risk at all.

If you have been charged with DUI in Calgary or anywhere in Alberta, give David Chow a call.  Give him a chance to be your Calgary DUI lawyer of choice.

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This entry was posted in IMPAIRED DRIVING, CRIMINAL DRIVING OFFENCES, tagged Criminal Defence Blog, The Fun, Disturbing and Peculiar and posted on June 29, 2019

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