Traffic Safety in Alberta
Drugged driving is Impaired driving
Hard facts about drug impaired driving
In 2015, nearly half of all 24
hour licence suspensions were due to drug impairment.
A recent Canadian study of
alcohol and drug use among drivers found that drug use in
nighttime drivers exceeded that of alcohol use. In Canada,
studies indicate that drugs are found in up to 40 per cent of
fatally injured drivers (TIRF).
In Alberta, 21 people were
killed and 305 people were injured in drug-involved casualty
A growing body of research
suggests that marijuana use — particularly chronic use — can
negatively affect mental and physical health, brain function
(memory, attention and thinking) and driving performance
(Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse).
About 16 per cent of 15–24 year
olds in Canada report riding as a passenger with a driver who
has smoked cannabis within the previous two hours (Canadian
Centre on Substance Abuse).
In Canada, cannabis and
depressant drugs each accounted for 29 per cent of all drug
evaluations conducted in 2013 (International Association of
Chiefs of Police, 2014).
The consequences of drug
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
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