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Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction

Impaired driving is one of the most common factors contributing to serious road crashes in Canada. From 2000 to 2014, over 12,000 people are estimated to have died in crashes involving an alcohol-impaired driver. Drug-impaired driving is also a concern. According to a cannabis use and driving report, from 2000 to 2010, 16.6% of fatally injured drivers in Canada tested positive for cannabis. To help address impaired driving, CCSA conducts research, develops tools and resources, and produces targeted materials to support evidence-based decisions and public policy.

What is Impaired Driving?

Impaired driving is operating any motorized vehicle (including cars, trucks, motorcycles, boats, airplanes, trains, jet skis and snowmobiles) while under the influence of alcohol, drugs or a combination of both. It is an offence under the Criminal Code in Canada and is an issue of public health and safety.

Preventing and Reducing Impaired Driving

Individuals can avoid situations with impaired driving by using another form of transportation such as public transit, a designated driver, ride sharing or a taxi, or by planning to spend the night. Individuals should also avoid riding with a driver who is under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Take the High Way Home? 

The High Way Home? is a new interactive website that allows young people to make virtual choices about impaired driving without actually putting their lives at risk. It shows them the life-threatening consequences of poor decisions and the positive outcomes of making the right choices.

The High Way Home? guides Canadian youth and their allies through real-life scenarios where the goal is for the user to make decisions about cannabis use and driving in order to get home safely. During this experience they will:

  • Learn facts about road safety and receive road tips;
  • Access evidence-based information and resources about cannabis;
  • Explore the consequences of impaired driving; and
  • Test their knowledge about driving and drugs.

Partnering with Desjardins Insurance in developing the website, we consulted youth focus groups during the planning stages to ensure that the website would be impactful and resonate with users.

This website was released in conjunction with the Key Issues in Drug-impaired Driving policy brief. The brief presents the key issues for minimizing the harms associated with cannabis-impaired driving.

Try The High Way Home? and see if you can get home safely.

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Shawna Meister, MA
Interim Associate Director, Research
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