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Educating Canadians On The Effects Of Cannabis While Driving

As the weather gets warmer, and the date for legalized cannabis use draws nearer, it's important to remind drivers that cannabis can impair your judgement while operating a motor vehicle.

The Canadian Automobile Association (CAA) recently published a video on their website that showed a series of tweets from young drivers after consuming cannabis. In many cases, these drivers demonstrated an inability to concentrate, or acknowledge certain driving conditions, while behind the wheel.

 

If you are injured as a result of an impaired driver, the effects can range from sprains and broken bones to brain damage and paralysis. In these cases, it's essential to consult a personal injury lawyer to fight for adequate compensation from your insurance provider. The driver may also be liable for damages in a civil suit in addition to facing criminal charges.

What Canadians Think About The Effect Of Cannabis

According to a recent poll by CAA, one in four Canadians believe a high driver performs the same, or better, behind the wheel of a car. According to their poll:

  • 69% of Canadians are concerned that roads will be more dangerous when recreational cannabis use is legalized
  • 22% of Canadians have been a passenger of a driver who was under the influence of cannabis
  • 20% of Canadians believe that cannabis does not affect their driving

The Effects Of Cannabis On Drivers

Cannabis has been linked to negative effects on many cognitive faculties. As published on the CAA site, data from the Government of Canada suggests that cannabis can severely affect a person's:

  • Coordination
  • Reaction time
  • Ability to concentrate
  • Ability to make reasonable decisions
  • Depth perception

CAA advises that if you plan on consuming cannabis, or alcohol, to arrange for a safe way home using a designated driver or another form of transportation.

 

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