Government commits $17 million in Ontario to fight drug-induced driving

first_img “Impaired driving is a dangerous criminal offence that will not be tolerated in Ontario,” said Sylvia Jones, Solicitor General of Ontario. “Getting behind the wheel while impaired by alcohol or cannabis puts you at odds with the vast majority of your fellow citizens who take the safety of themselves and others seriously. Police are on the front lines of the fight to make our roads safe, and our government will continue to support them in this imperative work.”RELATED “Far too many Canadians continue to risk their lives and the lives of others by driving while impaired by cannabis or other drugs,” said Blair. “The measures we are taking gives officers the tools, training and resources they need to detect impaired drivers, get them off our roads and keep our communities safe. The combination of Canada’s strict new impaired driving legislation and these new tools for frontline law enforcement mean that anyone who drives impaired will be caught and face serious legal consequences. Don’t drive high.” Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 No matter how you slice it, consuming any amount of cannabis before driving is dangerous.  Jocelyn Malette / Sun Media Enjoy 4/20, Canada! Just not from behind the wheel of your car Motor Mouth: Is consuming cannabis a greater threat to road safety than alcohol?Portions of the funds will go to purchasing screening devices for police, likely including a new tool that’s currently undergoing a 30-day testing period. There’s also a new ad campaign on the way, meant to educate and deter people from getting behind the wheel after using cannabis.And while it’s not solely about Canada’s latest legal vice, weed (or cannabis as we’re all calling it now), Blair clearly stated that it was mostly to fight “persistent myths and misconceptions” surrounding cannabis-impaired driving. The Canadian federal government has announced its plans to crack down on drug-impaired driving in Ontario by investing $17 million in a variety of provincial initiatives. The spending is part of the fed’s $81-million commitment to supporting public and road safety activities across the countryMinister of Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction Bill Blair took to the podium to announce the plan that will help train and equip 40 per cent of Ontario’s front line police officers with field sobriety testing skills by 2021, while also helping to educate the public about the risks of driving while high or otherwise impaired. Trending Videos advertisement Trending in Canada RELATED TAGSSafety and MaintenanceMaintenanceNew VehiclesOttawaToronto & GTAWindsorOntario The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | Driving.ca virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | Driving.ca COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS See More Videos We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. ‹ Previous Next › Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan”last_img read more

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