Government of Canada provides $10 million to combat drug-impaired driving in British Columbia
“Our frontline law enforcement officers work hard each and every day, often through difficult conditions, to keep our roads safe. Provinces and Territories have asked for this support for appropriate training, tools, and data collection and our government has listened. I have seen the horrifying results of people making poor decisions throughout my law enforcement career. Those who believe they aren’t impaired after consuming cannabis are dangerously misinformed and they will be caught. Make the smart choice and don’t drive high.”
- The Honourable Bill Blair, Minister of Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction
“It’s critical that we can provide our law enforcement partners with the necessary tools to ensure they can protect our roads and highways from impaired drivers. The whole point is to get unsafe drivers off the road immediately and we are thankful the Federal Government has stepped up to help us support law enforcement to train more officers to recognize drug impairment and to purchase drug screening devices. This funding will support a robust law-enforcement program that cracks down on drug-affected driving leading to safer roads for everyone.”
- The Honourable Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General, British Columbia
There are over 14,400 trained SFST officers across Canada (November 2018) and 1,046 certified DREs (May 1, 2019).
For this agreement, British Columbia has established a training objective of 481 officers trained in SFST for 2018-2019 and up to 1,686 officers over 5 years, to bring the capacity to 50 per cent of frontline officers.
Public Safety Canada introduced its second Don’t Drive High public awareness advertisement in April 2019. The campaign will continue to engage young Canadians and leverage partnerships with other levels of governments and organizations that are working toward the same goal to eliminate drug-impaired driving on Canadian roads.
Overall, 15% of cannabis users with a valid driver's license reported driving within two hours of consuming cannabis, according to combined data from the fourth quarter of 2018 and the first quarter of 2019. This was unchanged from the first half of 2018.
Senior Communications Advisor
Office of the Minister of Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction
Public Safety Canada
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