MADD Canada Fights Drug-Impaired Driving

In its new “If you’re high, you can’t drive” message, MADD Canada is targeting young people who use cannabis (marijuana or weed).

The anti-impaired driving group reports that 20% of high school drivers drove within one hour of using marijuana and that nearly one-fourth have been a passenger of a vehicle in which the driver had been using drugs before driving.

MADD Canada’s goal is to educate people that drug-impaired driving is as dangerous as alcohol-impaired driving.

The traffic safety group has partnered with police departments in urging the Canadian Parliament to pass new drug-impaired driving legislation, which is expected to occur this Fall.

People killed by drug-impaired drivers are just as dead as those killed by alcohol-impaired drivers.

References:

  • MADD Canada. New Drug Impaired Driving Awareness Campaign Launched. MADD Canada press release, August 29, 2005; MADD Canada. New TV PSA Unveiled to Combat Drugs and Driving. MADD Canada press release, September 1, 2005.

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