Is driving under the influence of cannabis safe? You wouldn’t think of driving drunk so why would driving high be any different? Find out why driving high is definitely not safe!
If you’re driving high on weed, research shows your attention span, reaction time and concentration are affected and you have worse hand-eye coordination than usual. If you think playing sport while stoned might be tricky – try avoiding a pedestrian or another car! Driving simulators have shown that driving stoned means people are worse at steering, following cars and finding their place in the lane, as well as managing their speed. The risk of both fatal and non-fatal car crashes is increased if you drive after you’ve used cannabis.
How much does driving under the influence of cannabis affect my driving?
How badly your driving skills are affected when you use cannabis depends on how much you use, that is, the more you use the more your driving is negatively affected. People also process ‘THC’, the main ingredient in cannabis, at different speeds – which means cannabis can stay in your system and affect your driving for five or more hours after your last joint or bong!
Is driving stoned illegal?
Yes! The police are really concerned about people who drive under the influence of cannabis, their safety and the safety of other people on the road. They have now introduced mobile roadside drug testing – which means next time you get pulled over for a random breath test – you could find yourself running a plastic swab down your tongue and supplying a saliva sample for drug testing. Roadside drug testing is conducted in every province and territory in Canada and, like the test for drunk driving, the location and timing of the drug tests is not promoted in advance. If you’re caught, you risk fines, losing your license and even a criminal record.
The message is clear: if you’ve smoked cannabis, don’t drive.
*Please note that the terms ‘cannabis’, ‘marijuana’, ‘weed’ and ‘pot’ are used interchangeably in these fast facts, and all refer to the illegal drug, cannabis, unless otherwise specified.