Whether you’re caught driving drunk or high, you will face the same consequences.
Facts to Know:
- 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.
- A 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 concentration.
- 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
- 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.
Learn more on Alberta’s Administrative Licence Suspension.
Learn about the current status of cannabis laws in Canada.