Don’t drive high

Getting high and driving is not only dangerous, it’s against the law.

According to a recent study by the Government of Canada, driving after cannabis use remains a top road safety concern for Canadians. In a  public opinion research conducted by Public Safety Canada in January 2022 and the results of the 2021 Canadian Cannabis Survey, it was found that:
  • One in four (26%) cannabis users say they have operated a vehicle while under the influence, consistent with 2020 (26%) and 2017 (28%).
  • One in three Canadians (30%)  also report that they have ridden in a vehicle operated by a driver who was under the effects of cannabis, also consistent with 2020 (30%) and 2017 (33%).

It only takes a small amount of cannabis to impair your ability to drive.

Driving high more than doubles your risk of an accident. Drugs impair your ability to drive by affecting:
  • Motor skills
  • Attention
  • Reaction time
  • Decision-making skills

Cannabis can impair each person differently.
The impairment on individuals can depend on:
  • The method of consumption, for example how cannabis was consumed (smoked, inhaled, ingested).
  •  The quantity of cannabis consumed. 
  • The variety of cannabis and its THC levels, including cannabis prescribed for medical use.

Police are trained to test if you are impaired while driving.

If you are driving impaired, or driving within three hours of consuming cannabis or any other drug, and a police officer has reason to suspect that you consumed drugs, they may make ask you to provide a breath sample at roadside, an oral fluid sample, or do a Standardized Field Sobriety Test.

Whether you’re a driver or passenger, make sure you plan ahead: have a designated driver, call a friend or loved one to pick you up, take public transit, or call a cab or ridesharing service. Don’t take a chance. Don’t drive high.