New Penalties for Drug Impaired Driving come into effect October 2nd: Tougher Penalties for Drug Impaired Drivers
Starting October 2, 2016, drivers under the influence of drugs will face the following penalties:
- A $180 penalty
- An immediate licence suspension of three days for the first occurrence, seven days for the second occurrence and 30 days for the third and subsequent occurrences upon failure of a roadside sobriety test
- A possible 90-day licence suspension and a seven-day vehicle impoundment following further testing by a drug recognition expert at a police station
- Mandatory education or treatment programs, and installation of an ignition interlock device in their vehicle, for drivers with two or more licence suspensions involving alcohol or drugs within a 10-year period
Many teens mistakenly assume their ability to get awesome video game scores when they are high means they will also be more focused on the road. But, 41% of drivers in recent serious crashes tested positive for drugs – so there goes that theory!
Every joint contains different amounts of THC and can vary from 1% – 30%. This is what makes driving high so risky. You just don’t know what that joint’s gonna do to you.
Driving high is a Criminal Code of Canada offence, so you could lose your licence. Or worse, suffer the embarrassment of having your Mom drive you everywhere.
Need more proof on why smoking weed and driving is a bad idea? Check out these studies for the straight goods:
- Who is the most affected by weed?: Drugs and Driving Framework
- Who does more drugs, girls or guys?: CAMH Ontario Student Drug Use and Health Survey
- Cannabis affects your ability to think and act: Neurocognitive performance during acute THC intoxication in heavy and occasional cannabis users
- Driving on cannabis: Cannabis effects on driving lateral control with and without alcohol
- How many people used cannabis before driving?: Ontario 2014 Roadside Alcohol and Drug Survey
- Hint: More dead drivers did: The Alcohol-Crash Problem in Canada
- Cannabis does not make you a better driver: The effects of cannabis intoxication on motor vehicle collision revisited and revised
- Really, it doesn’t: HIGH CLAIMS: Legalizing recreational marijuana is linked to increased crashes
- Drivers testing positive for weed is on the rise: Drugs Use by Fatally Injured Drivers in Canada (2000 – 2008)
- Cannabis slows your reaction time: Driving Under the Influence of Cannabis
- Weed smokers are speed freaks: The Road Safety Monitor – Drugs and Driving