Research shows many Ontarians get behind the wheel too soon after consuming cannabis

Young drivers most at risk

Are you driving high?

A CAA survey has found nearly 1.2 million Ontario drivers have, at some point, driven high after consuming cannabis.

It also found half of those who use cannabis are poly users, meaning they pair it with other substances such as alcohol.

Data suggests the dangers of cannabis-impaired driving are misunderstood by many

“We know that driving under the influence of cannabis affects your ability to drive safely and increases your risk of getting into a crash,” said Teresa Di Felice, assistant vice-president of government and community relations at CAA SCO. “The research has shown us that young Canadians are more at risk of a vehicle crash even five hours after inhaling cannabis.”

Cannabis-infused edibles are another option that may further complicate matters when it comes to drug-impaired driving. Twelve percent of non-users indicated they were very or somewhat likely to try edible cannabis products after it becomes legal.

“It is crucial to continue to explore and understand what impact the legalization of edibles may have on Ontario’s roads. If Ontarians choose to consume edibles, they should be aware of its delayed psychoactive effects and the impact on their ability to drive,” said Di Felice.

The study, commissioned by CAA and conducted by Dig Insights in late June 2019, surveyed 1,510 Ontarian between the ages of 19 and 70 who have a valid driver’s license.

banner image courtesy Drug Free Kids Canada