What is impaired driving?
Impaired driving is the act of operating or having care of a motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol to the degree that mental and motor skills are impaired.
Who does impaired driving affect?
Studies have shown that immaturity and inexperience are leading factors as to why young people are overrepresented in impaired driving incidents. Although young people are the least likely to drive impaired, the ones who do are at very high risk of collision. Impaired drivers not only put themselves at risk of accident or death they put other drivers and pedestrians at risk as well.
What is considered a motorized vehicle?
A common misconception is that you will only be arrested and/or ticked for operating a motorized car or truck while driving impaired. Other motorized vehicles include boats, ATV’s, motorcycles and snowmobiles.
Effects of cannabis while driving
The active ingredient, THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), travels through your body and into your brain, affecting the brain cells and creating a high. Though the severity and length of these effects vary whether cannabis is inhaled, ingested or applied through topicals, the reality is that driving while under the influence of cannabis can affect your:
Our message is simple – Don’t drive impaired. This includes cars, trucks, boats, snowmobiles, and off-road vehicles.
Penalties for impaired driving
In Ontario, it is illegal to operate any type of motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. If police determine that you are driving while impaired you will face penalties immediately, which can include a loss of licence, vehicle impoundment, monetary fines and many more once convicted.
There is a zero-tolerance approach for alcohol and cannabis for young, novice and commercial drivers.
Find an alternative ride
Driving high is driving impaired. Reduce your risk on the road by finding an alternative ride home, such as a designated driver, public transit, CAA, or a cab or ride-share.
Niagara Region Public Health: Cannabis Resources
Cannabis is the second most commonly used drug among secondary students. Learn more about the potential effects of using cannabis.
Impaired Driving Laws in Canada
The Criminal Code prohibits driving while impaired to any degree by drugs, alcohol, or a combination of both. Note that additional provincial laws or regulations may apply.
Drug-Free Kids Canada: Cannabis Talk Kit
Learn how to speak openly with your teen about Cannabis, including the short and long-term effects on the teen brain.