A British Columbia study was recently conducted to determine the percentage of drivers who use marijuana before operating a motor vehicle. Drivers in Vancouver, Saanich, Abbotsford, Prince George and Kelowna were tested orally between the hours of 9pm and 3am. Of the nearly 3000 drivers who participated in the study, more than 200 tested positive for the presence of drugs in their system.
I don’t think people usually associate impaired driving with drug use. What more readily comes to mind is the use of alcohol and its effects on the ability to drive. But the Criminal Code provides that impairment can be either by alcohol or by a drug. With the potential for over 7% of drivers in British Columbia to be impaired by drug use, this raises some serious concerns.