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Traffic Safety in Alberta 

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Driving drunk or high is driving impaired. Whether you’re caught driving drunk or high, you will face the same consequences.

Impaired Driving Facts

  • 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.

Read more information about impaired driving prevention in Alberta.

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Last Updated November 25, 2016