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Impaired driving laws in Canada have changed. This includes the introduction of three new cannabis and cannabis/alcohol blood concentration limits. The new cannabis limits work the same way as .08 blood concentration does for alcohol. If you are found driving over the limits, you are considered impaired behind the wheel.
Facts to Know:
Cannabis impairs your ability to drive safely
- Simulated and on-road studies of driving performance found using cannabis increased a driver's likelihood of swerving, as well as showed an inability to maintain a safe distance and difficulty controlling speed.
- A study by the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction, reports that cannabis creates performance deficits in many skills required to drive safely, such as tracking, reaction time, visual function, concentration, short-term memory and divided attention.
- The Traffic Injury Research Foundation determined that, in 2013, of Alberta drivers killed in collisions, more than one in four were over the legal limit for alcohol, and one in two had used drugs.
Drug impaired driving has serious consequences
- Drug impaired driving has serious consequences including criminal charges and provincial sanctions.
- 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 investigation.
Albertans are charged with drug impaired driving each year
- On average, 7,550 people were convicted of impaired driving in Alberta each year for the last five years. Impaired driving convictions are highest for young drivers aged 21-24.
- Alberta is slightly above the national average for drugged driving at 55 per cent.
- Law enforcement agencies have been detecting and convicting drug impaired driving since 1925.
Learn about the current status of cannabis laws in Canada.
Learn more about impaired driving laws in Alberta.