The facts about drug impaired driving in Canada

Research shows that drugs can impair your ability to drive safely and increase the risk of getting into a collision. If you’re the least bit impaired, don’t take a chance with your life, your future, or the safety of those around you. Always drive sober.

  • 2,786 DID incidents were reported in Canada in 2015Footnote3
  • A drug-impaired driving incident occurs every 3 hours in Canada each dayFootnote3
  • Over 1 in 4 cannabis users in Canada reported having operated a vehicle while under the influence of the drugFootnote2
  • 33% of parents of youth aged 13-24 do not know if their child has accepted a ride with a driver who was under the influence of cannabisFootnote2
  • Canadian men are 2.5 times more likely than women to have driven a vehicle while under the influence of cannabisFootnote2
  • $1000 and a 1-year driving prohibition is the MINIMUM it will cost you if you get caught driving impaired
  • Drugs impair your ability drive by affecting: balance and coordination, motor skills, attention, judgment, reaction time, and decision-making skills
  • Cannabis doubles your chances for an accidentFootnote1
  • 100% of impaired driving is preventable and not worth the risk.


  1. 1

    Acute cannabis consumption and motor vehicle collision risk: systematic review of observational studies and meta-analysis; BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 09 February 2012)

  2. 2

    Baseline Survey on Awareness, Knowledge and Behaviour Associated with Recreational Use of Marijuana: Final Report, 2016. EKOS RESEARCH ASSOCIATES INC.;

  3. 3

    Impaired Driving in Canada, Statistics Canada. 2015.

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