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Drug Impaired Driving

The safe operation of any vehicle requires drivers to be alert and in complete control at all times. When you’re on the road, you should be able to concentrate and respond to changing traffic and road conditions. Impairment, whether by alcohol, drugs or fatigue, significantly affects driving abilities and places drivers, passengers and other road users in harm’s way.

 

The Facts:

  • Marijuana use impairs cognitive and motor abilities, doubling the risk of a crash.
  • After alcohol, marijuana is the most commonly detected substance among drivers who die in traffic crashes in Canada.
  • Police can legally request for a driver to undergo testing to confirm impairment by drugs.
  • In the eyes of the law, drug-impaired driving is the same criminal offence as alcohol-impaired driving.

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