Don’t Drive High
Drug-impaired driving is dangerous
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.
It is illegal to drive impaired
Drug-impaired driving can put you, your passengers and anyone sharing the road with you in danger — and for that reason, it’s a serious criminal offense that can result in heavy fines and jail time. Don’t risk a criminal record. Understand the legal consequences of driving high and do your part to plan ahead so you can get home safely.
Driving impaired is illegal. Learn about the types, risks, laws and enforcement.
Driving high has serious consequences
1. “Canada has 1,200+ Drug Recognition Experts trained to spot impaired drivers”
2. “Law enforcement is trained to spot impaired drivers - SFST (Standard Field Sobriety Testing) - 14,400+ trained SFST officers”
3. “Driving high has consequences. Having prohibited levels of impairing drugs in your blood within two hours of driving is a criminal offence”
4. “The law isn’t hazy – 2-5 ng THC per ml of blood – up to $1000 fine”
5. “Drug-impaired driving laws apply to cars, trucks, boats, aircrafts and every other motor vehicle”
6. “The law isn’t hazy – 5 ng or more THC per ml of blood – up to 10 years imprisonment”
6 reasons not to drive high
- You could hurt or kill someone you care about
- You could get in a crash, hurt yourself or die
- You could hurt or kill an innocent stranger
- You could get arrested and face trial
- You could get your license suspended
- You could get a criminal record
Impaired driving is 100% preventable!
Drug-impaired driving is not a game
It’s a dangerous decision that can have serious consequences. Drugs impair your ability to drive by making it harder to focus on the road and make quick, potentially life-saving decisions. Do your part to get home safe — watch these videos to see why you should never drive after consuming drugs.
If you drive high, you could hurt or kill any passenger in your vehicle — including yourself. You could also hurt or kill an innocent stranger, and even face a criminal record. Driving while impaired is entirely preventable. Learn the facts to understand how your actions could be a danger to others, and the legal consequences you could face.
Drugs impair your ability to drive by affecting:
- balance and coordination
- motor skills
- reaction time
- decision-making skills
Every 3 hours
How often a drug-impaired driving incident is recorded in CanadaFootnote 1
You could face consequences like a fine, criminal charges, even jail timeFootnote 4
What you can do
Plan to get home safely
You have options:
Have a designated driver
Call a friend or loved one
Call a cab or ride-share
Take public transit
Get help with drug abuse
Are you or someone you care about struggling with problematic substance use?
Here are some resources to help you find the assistance you need in your area.Find help
Parents: What can you do?
Parents play a vital role in teaching their kids to drive responsibly.
Here are some tips on talking to your child about drug-impaired driving.Start a conversation
In their own words:
Stories from Canadians impacted by drug-impaired driving
Gregg Thomson woke up on a Sunday morning to find out that his 18 year old son Stanley had not come home after a night out with friends. The panic set in immediately and Thomson had a gut feeling that something was wrong, so he decided to call the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP). "When I walked up to the OPP officers and they told me, I fell over… I just fell. The way it hits you, it's… when you lose a child, it brings a whole different set of emotions that before you've had this type of experience, you don't even understand." The night before, Stanley decided to get into a car with an individual who was under the influence of marijuana. Not only did Stanley lose his life that night, but the lives of those closest to him were changed forever. Feeling tremendous guilt and devastation, Thomson asked his daughter: "Where did your mum and I fail? Like why did Stanley get in the car that night?" His daughter explained that her parents had not failed, since they had "taught [them] well about alcohol and driving." The trouble was that these conversations did not include the dangers of driving under the influence of marijuana.
"Drinking and driving is something that we as a society have been talking about for a long time. People know it's dangerous and illegal. But drugged driving isn't on everyone's radar yet. There are a lot of people who don't think driving while under the influence of a drug is as serious as driving while drunk. People don't realize the seriousness of it or the devastating consequences. But drugged driving is impaired driving. My family knows just how deadly drugged driving can be. We deal with the impact of it every single day."
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