National Impaired Driving Prevention Week

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From Public Safety Canada

March 17 – 23, 2019

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National Impaired Driving Prevention Week is designated as the third week of March each year. The Government of Canada recognizes the importance of educating Canadians about the consequences of impaired driving due to alcohol, drugs, fatigue or distraction which destroys the lives and health of thousands of Canadians.

Remember impaired driving doesn’t just apply to cars – it also applies to motorcycles, boats, ATVs and other forms of transportation. Everyone has a role to play to ensure safety on Canada’s roads and waterways. Here you will find information to help you drive safely.

Alcohol-impaired driving

Crashes involving alcohol and/or drugs are a leading criminal cause of death in Canada.

It’s important to know that even one drink of alcohol can reduce your reaction time, blur or double your vision, impair your reflexes, and alter your attention span.

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Drug-impaired driving

In 2017, police reported 3,489 drug-impaired driving incidents in Canada – an average of almost 10 per day.

Illegal drugs, cannabis, over-the-counter and prescription medications can all impact your judgement, coordination, and reaction time behind the wheel.

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Fatigued driving

Fatigued driving is the dangerous combination of driving and sleepiness or fatigue.

At 100 km/h, a driver can travel 150 metres in only six seconds. This means that a driver’s eyes need to be closed for only three or four seconds before they could face disastrous consequences.

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Distracted driving

Driver distraction is a factor in about 4 million motor vehicle crashes in North America each year. It is estimated that drivers look at, but fail to see, up to 50% of the information in their driving environment when using their phones.

Remember to abstain from using your phone to text or dial while driving or at a red light, or face serious consequences.

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