Two drivers test positive for drugs in 24 hours

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ANTIGONISH – Two drivers tested positive for THC this past weekend. Both were stopped by RCMP Eastern Traffic Services and were within 24 hours of one another. In both cases, the traffic stops occurred at RCMP checkpoints and the drivers provided samples of their oral fluid for testing. The results were positive for tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, the substance in cannabis that causes impairment.

Both drivers were taken to a hospital and blood samples were taken, and the drivers were given a safe ride home. The blood samples will be sent for analysis, and if the levels of THC in the blood samples are over the legal limit, the drivers will be charged.

The first incident occurred at 8:50 p.m. on December 7. A 42-year-old man from Pomquet was stopped at a checkpoint on Hwy. 4 and Gorman Road  in Afton, Antigonish County. The second incident occurred on McLellan’s Brook Road in Pictou County at 10:01 p.m. on December 8. The driver was a 31-year-old man from West River Station in Pictou County.

Police warn: If you suspect someone’s driving is impaired, call 9-1-1.