Younger Canadians admit to driving while high on cannabis

 OTTAWA – One quarter of younger Canadians (aged 18-34) say they have driven high or have travelled in a vehicle with a high driver, according to new research from the Canadian Automobile Association (CAA).

The same poll found that while many younger Canadians (86 per cent) understand the importance of planning alternative travel arrangements after consuming alcohol, like a ridesharing service, taxi or designated driver, they view it as significantly less important to do so after consuming cannabis (70 per cent).

Twenty-six per cent of younger Canadians said they have driven after consuming cannabis or been in an automobile driven by someone who had recently consumed cannabis.

“The study’s findings regarding attitudes and perceptions tell us there is a need for more education,” said Jeff Walker, CAA chief strategy officer.

“If you plan to consume cannabis this holiday season, don’t drive. Make an alternate arrangement just like you would for drinking.”

Scientific studies show that cannabis affects a person’s ability to drive.

“Cannabis may impair your driving differently than alcohol, but the effect is the same – decreased reaction times that can lead to collisions and even fatalities,” said Walker.

The latest CAA findings are based on a poll of over 1,517 Canadians carried out from November 27 to December 4, 2019. A probability sample of the same size would yield a margin of error of +/-2.5%, 19 times out of 20.

Photo by Facundo Win

-Alberta Press staff

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