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
- The goods on weed and driving: The effects of cannabis intoxication on motor vehicle collision revisited and revised
- 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
- Who does more drugs, girls or guys?: Drug Use Among Ontario Students (1977 – 2011) highlights
- Weed 101: Effects of Alcohol and Other Drugs on Driver Performance
- Know the limits of driving high: Developing limits for driving under cannabis