More than 20,000 people have been stopped by the Canadian Transport Police since April 1, 2016.
Some of the stops were random, like one in the summer of 2017 where the police were told to clear a sidewalk in the middle of a major intersection after an argument over whether the pedestrian crossing was marked with red tape.
But many of the officers were acting in an aggressive manner, forcing people to stay off the street or risk being hit with a ticket or summons.
The numbers come from a new survey that was commissioned by the Toronto Police Service.
The report found that the majority of stops are not aimed at people with a criminal record or traffic offences.
The officers are only asking about people suspected of being involved in drug-related offences, but the number of people stopped by police for non-criminal offences is much higher.
More than half of the people stopped during the survey were asked if they had any drugs in their possession or were found in possession of a controlled substance.
Nearly 60 per cent said they had drugs in the car, and more than half said they did not know if drugs were in the vehicle.
Only 12 per cent of those stopped by officers for non‑criminal offences said they were under the influence of drugs.
The survey also found that many people were stopped for “offence unrelated to drugs,” such as driving with a suspended licence or not wearing a seat belt.
The poll also found people are more likely to be stopped for things like driving while black.
More Than 1 in 5 Drivers Asked to Pass Drug Test on Toronto Streets Police have been asking drivers questions about their drug use and the amount of drugs they are caught with in their car.
About a quarter of respondents said they have used drugs or alcohol while driving while Black or Black-Caucasian.
The most common drug use was marijuana.
About 15 per cent cited “alcohol,” 15 per.
said they used “speed,” and about 1 per.
cited “street drugs.”
More than a third of respondents admitted to having smoked marijuana while driving.
Police said they are asking people to pass a urine and blood test at the police station, or to wear a breathalyzer device.
The Canadian Medical Association and the Canadian Association of Physicians are among those calling for the drug test to be compulsory.
“Drug-free zones and roadside sobriety checkpoints should be mandatory,” said Dr. Debra Brown, the president of the CMA and a member of the Association of Ontario Medical Associa- tion.
“These are areas that need to be cleaned up,” said Brown, adding that she’s concerned about the number who refuse to take the test.
The majority of people who are asked to pass the drug-free zone test have used alcohol at least once in the past month.
About 1 in 10 respondents said that while they were drinking, they were using drugs or drugs of abuse.
The CMA said that most people who refuse the test are white, and about half are between the ages of 18 and 34.
Police are asking anyone who has been stopped to tell them the number they passed the drug check.
Police also are asking those who have been pulled over to give a detailed description of the vehicle they were pulled over in, and how they were driving.
The police say that people who have an alcohol level under .08 per cent and a BAC of .08 grams per 100 millilitres (mg/L) are not required to take a drug test, but can be arrested.
In 2017, more than 7,000 police officers were pulled from their work and sent to jail for minor infractions, including failing to keep their hands on the wheel, driving without a licence or driving without insurance.
“There are some people who use drugs or drink in a way that they shouldn’t and there are some who use it as a defence,” said Cpl.
Bill Boyd, the head of the police drug squad in Toronto.
“It’s about a balance between enforcing the law and enforcing the community.”