Article by CBC News
‘Tis the season for festive RIDE programs.
And with the legalization of recreational marijuana, the Ontario Provincial Police say they’re prepared this holiday season to deal, not only with drunk drivers, but drivers who are drug-impaired.
So far this year, the force says alcohol or drugs were a factor in the deaths of 39 people on OPP-patrolled roads.
As of mid-October 2018, the OPP had laid more than 6,700 impaired driving charges across the province, including 283 for drug impairment.
The interim deputy OPP commissioner, Rose DiMarco says provincial police have a strong set of tools for taking drug and alcohol-impaired drivers off the roads. She says both forms of impairment are serious criminal offences and carry penalties that can include jail time.