Since the legalisation of marijuana consumption in October 2018, there were apprehensions that there would be an initial increase in the number of reckless driving incidents that involved stoned drivers.
The Canadian Police, however, has reported that there has not been a sharp increase in cannabis-impaired driving although there were several cases.
The Implications of the Law
Drivers are supposed to store their weed correctly and out of the driver’s reach, suitably in the trunk of the car and not smoke while driving. Passengers can also be fined about $230 for smoking in the car.
Since the enforcement of the cannabis law, Vancouver police have issued 18 violations due to improper storage and smoking in the vehicle.
There have been only about six incidents of accidents due to cannabis-impaired driving. The rest of the tickets were issued due to inebriation of alcohol and other drugs.
There were 52 charges of cannabis-impaired driving before the legalisation and 43 tickets after it was approved.
Challenge Drager Test
While some police departments are initiating the use of FDA saliva test, others still rely on a standardised sobriety test and drug recognition.
The initiation of the Dragers Test caused a stir as lawyers will have to prepare themselves to challenge the court in many cases for their clients. However, it is reported that no such incidents have occurred as yet.
A Positive Approach
Though the police are doing their best to monitor the use of cannabis in vehicles and among teenage drivers, there has been a decline in the moral approach towards cannabis usage. Many teenagers are still unaware of the long-term effects of using cannabis since they consider it less harmful than alcohol.
For the safety and the successful implementation of the cannabis law in the country, concerned citizens hope the state takes more initiative in promoting awareness about the dangers of stoned driving.