Before Ottawa takes the plunge and legalizes recreational pot use in the new year, the Canadian Automobile Association wants to see some changes made, to protect drivers.
It is lobbying for a government-funded, public education program to warn about the effects of cannabis-impaired driving.
CAA teamed up with the Traffic Injury Research Foundation for a study which suggests legalization will bring many challenges for managing drug-impaired drivers.
It suggests more research into the impairing effects of different levels of THC, a compound of cannabis which is the primary intoxicant, more training and tools for police officers, as well as data collection.
In another poll, the CAA found that roughly two-thirds of Canadians are worried city streets and highways will become more dangerous after cannabis is legalized.
“We need to make sure that road safety is a top priority as marijuana is legalized. This is clearly a key issue for Canadians, and they are right to be worried. There are a lot of misconceptions out there that marijuana doesn’t affect your driving, or even worse, it makes you a better driver. There need to be significant resources devoted to educating the public in the run-up to – and after – marijuana is legalized.” – Jeff Walker, VP of Public Affairs, CAA National.
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