Impaired is Impaired.
What is Drugged Driving?
The Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse (CCSA), defines the terms “drugged driving”, and “drug-impaired driving” as driving a motor vehicle while impaired by any type of drug or medication or combination of drugs, medication and alcohol. These include illegal substances, mind-altering prescription medications, and over-the-counter remedies and medications that affect an individual’s ability to drive safely.1
Based on a 2010 study that found that 36.7% of drivers killed in motor vehicle crashes in 2008 tested positive for one or more psychoactive drugs. It should be noted that a positive drug test does not necessarily imply that the driver was impaired or that the use of drug contributed to the crash.
Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or a combination of the two is very dangerous. The use of any psychoactive (mind-altering) drug makes it highly unsafe to drive a car and is illegal—just like driving after drinking alcohol.
High driving puts at risk not only the driver but also passengers and others who share the road.
The Stats are Clear: Driving while high kills
A significant proportion of fatally injured drivers tested positive for drug use and levels were close to those of alcohol across Canada.
Drivers between the ages of 16 and 24 years old account for most driver fatality cases. They also happen to be the group that contains the largest proportion of drinking driver fatalities ( 27.6%) and drug positive related fatalities (26.9%) 7
Teenage Drug Usage
What can you do?