Saskatchewan receives $5.4 million from Government of Canada to combat drug-impaired driving
“Driving is a privilege and with privilege comes responsibility. If you are planning to consume cannabis or any other drug, do not drive. You are not a better driver after using cannabis and you can’t assume you are safe to drive after a couple of hours. Anyone who wants to drive must act responsibly and always drive sober. I am pleased to support law enforcement efforts in Saskatchewan to detect and remove dangerous and reckless drug-impaired drivers from our roads.”
- The Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness
“Impaired driving is a serious issue in our province, and we appreciate the steps Public Safety Canada is taking to help reduce drug-impaired driving in Saskatchewan. This funding is being used to help equip front-line law enforcement agencies with the training and resources necessary to continue to combat drug-impaired driving.”
- The Honourable Gene Makowsky, Minister Responsible for the Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority
There are over 14,400 Standardized Field Sobriety Testing (SFST) trained officers across Canada (November 2018) and 1,115 certified DREs (August 1, 2019).
For this agreement, Saskatchewan has established a training objective of 100 officers trained in SFST for 2018-2019 and up to 300 officers over three years to bring the capacity to 33 per cent of frontline officers; and to train an additional 100 officers as DREs over five years.
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 per cent 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.
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