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Drugged driving focus of new campaign

Thursday, May 22, 2014   by: BayToday.ca Staff

City police are shining a light on the dangers of driving while under the influence of drugs.

It's part of the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police’s new Drive Safe! R.I.D.E. traffic safety campaign.

It will focus on the dangers associated with driving under the influence of prescription medicines and illegal drugs – depressants, stimulants, hallucinogens, inhalants, cannabis, etc.

A 2010 study published in the Journal of Traffic Injury Prevention concluded that more than 10 per cent of drivers randomly pulled over for a survey tested positive for drug use compared to eight per cent who had been drinking alcohol. 

A 2012 study found a two-fold increase in the risk of an accident if there is any measurable amount of THC (the active ingredient in cannabis) in the bloodstream.

“We’re proud to support this important public safety campaign", said Chief Paul Cook.

"Driving after consuming alcohol poses tremendous dangers for motorists, other drivers, and pedestrians. But choosing to get behind the wheel of a vehicle after consuming certain prescription drugs or illegal substances can be just as dangerous.” 

The campaign features a public information booklet with information on driving while impaired (alcohol and drugs) as well as traffic collision reporting, protecting consumers from fraud, and Ontario’s racing, seat belt, and distracted driving laws.

To download the new “The Eyes Have It: Stoned Driving is Impaired Driving” booklet, check the “Campaigns” section of www. http://www.oacp.ca under “News and Events.”

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