Road Safety Wales

Drug-Impaired Driving: What You Need to Know


Since Canada legalized cannabis, there’s been an increase in concern over drug-impaired driving. This is reflected in the fines for driving while under the influence of cannabis. However, cannabis isn’t the only drug you should avoid taking before getting behind the wheel. 


Here’s what you need to know.


Driving and cannabis

Did you know that over 16% of Canadian drivers killed in accidents between 2000 and 2010 had cannabis in their system? Unfortunately, someone driving under the influence is two to six times more likely to get into a car crash.


It’s important to note that there’s no clear impairment threshold for driving while under the influence of cannabis. The type of product, driver’s health and other factors all play a role in how the substance will impact driving ability. However, since there’s no clear safe minimum dosage, it’s best to always to avoid getting behind the wheel after you’ve taken cannabis.


Over-the-counter and prescription medication

Many medications, even some that are available without a prescription, are dangerous to use when driving. This is likely not news to you, as the side effects of certain drugs are well-known (such is the case with drowsiness and allergy medication, for example).


However, you may not be aware that driving under the influence of these medications subjects you to the same penalties as driving under the influence of alcohol, marijuana and illicit drugs.


Drug-impaired driving and insurance

Always get a ride home if you’re too intoxicated to drive. Beyond putting yourself and others at risk, getting behind the wheel could result in you having to pay a fine or even go to jail. Plus, you should know that driving under the influence can have serious and long-lasting implications in terms of your car insurance. In fact, even if you don’t get into a collision, a DUI conviction means you may find yourself forced to pay out huge premiums for your car insurance.


Cheap high-risk car insurance in NS

Overall, the safest and smartest thing to do is never get behind the wheel after you’ve used drugs or alcohol. However, if you’re a high-risk driver who needs affordable car insurance, then Eisenhauer Insurance is here to help. Our brokers can work with you to help secure a policy that you can afford. Contact us today to find out more about our services or get a free quote on auto insurance.