Traffic Safety in Alberta
Can you Spot the Difference?
Driving drunk or high is driving impaired. Whether you’re caught
driving drunk or high, you will face the same consequences.
Impaired Driving Facts
In 2015, nearly half of all 24
hour licence suspensions in Alberta were due to drug impairment.
Across Canada, the Traffic
Injury Research Foundation found that 40 per cent of drivers who
died during 2012 tested positive for drugs.
study by the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse, reports
that cannabis creates performance deficits in many skills
required to drive safely, such as tracking, reaction time, and
Studies of driving performance
(both simulated and on-road) show increased likelihood to
swerve, following distance, and speed as a function of cannabis
use. Alberta is slightly above the national average for drugged
driving at 41 per cent. 82 drivers killed in collisions during
2012 tested positive for drugs.
There is a common
misunderstanding that driving after using cannabis is safer than
driving after consuming alcohol.
Another misconception is about
the police’s ability to detect impairment for drug use. Our goal
is to debunk the myth’s around drug impaired driving.
Consequences of Drug Impaired
Driving while impaired by drugs
and refusing to comply with a demand for physical sobriety tests
or to provide bodily fluid samples is a criminal offence.
Drivers who are pulled over on
suspicion of drug impairment may be asked to complete a
Standardized Field Sobriety Test, which checks for divided
attention impairment. This test gives an officer reasonable and
probable grounds to then ask for a drug recognition
Learn more on
Administrative Licence Suspension.
Learn about the current status of
cannabis laws in Canada.
Read more information about
driving prevention in Alberta.
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November 25, 2016