OACP 2014 Drive Safe R.I.D.E. Traffic Safety Campaign focusing on Impaired by Drugs

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The Halton Regional Police Service is supporting the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police’s (OACP) 2014 Drive Safe! R.I.D.E. traffic safety campaign (#DriveSafeONT), which will focus on the dangers associated with driving under the influence of prescription medicines and illegal drugs – depressants, stimulants, hallucinogens, inhalants, cannabis, etc.

A 2010 study published in the Journal of Traffic Injury Prevention concluded that more than 10 per cent of drivers randomly pulled over for a survey tested positive for drug use compared to eight per cent who had been drinking alcohol.

A 2012 study (http://ow.ly/wNop5) found a two-fold increase in the risk of an accident if there is any measurable amount of THC (the active ingredient in cannabis) in the bloodstream.

“We’re proud to support this Provincial initiative and continuously work to educate and enforce the dangers of impaired driving, by both alcohol and drug”, said Halton Police Chief Stephen Tanner. “We have five dedicated Drug Recognition Experts (DRE’s) who are trained in identifying drug intoxication and work diligently toward keeping our roads safe“.

The campaign features a public information booklet with information on driving while impaired (alcohol and drugs) as well as traffic collision reporting, protecting consumers from fraud, and Ontario’s racing, seat belt, and distracted driving laws.

With prom season on the horizon, what better time to share this information with parents and youth. Driving sober is driving safely.

To download the new “The Eyes Have It: Stoned Driving is Impaired Driving” booklet, please visit www.oacp.ca.

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