CAA Manitoba sounds alarm on cannabis-impaired driving

CAA Manitoba sounds alarm on cannabis-impaired driving

CAA Manitoba sounds alarm on cannabis-impaired driving | Insurance Business Canada

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CAA Manitoba sounds alarm on cannabis-impaired driving

Survey findings point to “great risk to road safety”

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By
Terry Gangcuangco

A study commissioned by CAA Manitoba has found some alarming statistics surrounding cannabis-impaired driving in the province.

The poll conducted by Dig Insights showed that:


27% of impaired motorists have driven after consuming an edible form of cannabis (since legalization)
61% of cannabis-impaired motorists wait less than three hours before driving
67% of cannabis-impaired motorists feel confident in their ability to drive21% of motorists are not aware of the possible penalties for any type of impaired driving 

Ewald Friesen, community and government relations manager at CAA Manitoba, commented: “The data shows us that there is a significant number of impaired drivers under the influence of edible cannabis, which poses a great risk to road safety.

“While some believe that cannabis doesn’t impair their driving ability, it has been proven to affect coordination, reaction time, decision-making, and the ability to pay attention. We would like to see more public education and awareness on the risks of cannabis-impaired driving.”

In terms of educating cannabis users, more than half (64%) of the respondents agreed that cannabis-impaired driving is the most important public education topic related to cannabis. Additionally, 89% believe that driving under the influence of cannabis is a serious risk to road safety.

“CAA is encouraging motorists to get informed, know the rules, and make the right choices – don’t get behind the wheel when impaired,” the organization said. “Instead, make alternate arrangements, such as utilizing rideshare services, to ensure a safe journey home.”

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Citing information from Manitoba Public Insurance, CAA pointed out that penalties can include licence suspension, vehicle impoundment, mandatory Impaired Driver Assessment, and potential charges under the Criminal Code of Canada.

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