Drug-impaired driving increases for 4th year in a row: Statistics Canada

Since the Liberal government legalized marijuana, cases of drug driving have continued to rise for the fourth year in a row. October 2018according to police data collated by Statistics Canada (StatCan).

Announced on August 2nd,Police Reported Canadian Crime Statistics 2021found that there were 7,690 drug-dependent driving violations in 2021. 7,621 2020.

There were 6,453 such cases reported in 2019, a 43% increase over 2018, the Canadian Center for Justice and Community Safety Statistics, a division of StatCan, said in its report. 2019 survey Released last July.

The latest survey also notes that other marijuana crimes increased last year.

“Nationwide, the total rate of police-reported cannabis crimes under the Cannabis Act and the Controlled Substances and Substances Act increased for the first time in nine years to five [percent] 2021,” the authors wrote, first reported by Blacklock’s Reporters on August 3.

In total, police have reported 13,560 cannabis crimes, most of which involve illegal imports and exports of marijuana, the study said.

In April 2017, the Liberal government Building C-46tried to strengthen “acts to amend the criminal law” criminal responsibility To drug addicts driving in anticipation of the legalization of cannabis. ”

bills with royal assent June 21, 2018imposes fines of up to $1,000 for drivers found to have a “blood drug concentration greater than or equal to the drug concentration required by regulation” within two hours of driving. We allow tampering checks.

“Major Contributor”

The impact of cannabis legalization on driving disorders was investigated by Senator Dennis Batters. Yvan ClermontHe, then director of StatCan’s Legal and Statistics Center, Senate Permanent Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs February 2018.

“With regards to campaigns and everything else, it’s hard to tell by how legalization is classified. And things vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. You can’t predict,” Clermont said.

“Is there a statistic that asked people if they used marijuana or if they used marijuana more often after it was legalized?” the batter asked.

“We don’t ask for it,” replied Clermont.

In March, the Canadian Public Security Service report It says marijuana is the “leading cause” of people dying in car accidents.

“Drug-addicted driving is the leading cause of road fatalities, and young people continue to be the largest group of drivers who die in crashes and test positive for drugs,” said Dr. driving public opinion poll,” said the report. ”

“Most people who have driven a car under the influence of cannabis say they do not perceive their behavior as unsafe, and two in five (39%) report not feeling depressed. and one in five (23%) believe they are affected by cannabis.” (Still) able to drive carefully.”

The report states that 26% of cannabis users “have driven a car under the influence of cannabis.”

Isaac Theo


Isaac Teo is a Toronto-based reporter for the Epoch Times.