Drug-impaired driving is dangerous and against the law

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There’s a lot going on around you when you drive. You need to be totally focussed so that if a split-second – and potentially life-saving – decision needs to be made, you’re ready for it.

Drugs affect your ability to react and increase the chance of a crash. Don’t get behind the wheel or get in a car with an impaired driver — it’s just not worth the risk.

Driving impaired is illegal. Learn about the types, risks, laws and enforcement.

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Drugs impair your ability to drive by affecting:

  • balance and coordination
  • motor skills
  • attention
  • judgment
  • reaction time
  • decision-making skills


  • 50% of cannabis users don’t think that drugs affect their driving much, while 1 in 5 don’t think it has any negative effect at all.
  • Over 1 in 3 – 39% of those who have used cannabis in the past year have driven within two hours of consuming cannabis.
  • 149 – Number of fatally injured Canadian drivers who tested positive for cannabis in 2014.
  • 3,098 – Number of DID incidents reported in Canada in 2016.
  • 2 in 5 – Approximate number of people who were a passenger in a vehicle driven by someone who had recently used cannabis.
  • Drugs impair your: balance and coordination, motor skills, judgement, reaction time, attention, decision-making skills
  • Every 3 hours – How often a drug-impaired driving offence is recorded in Canada
  • Increases likelihood – Recent research shows a 1.3- to 3.0-fold increase in risk of a motor vehicle collisions after cannabis use.Footnote 6
    1000$ + a 1-year suspension – Minimum penalty if you are caught driving impaired 


  • Use public transit
  • Use a designated driver
  • Call someone for a ride
  • Cab or ride-share
  • Stay over