Impaired driving rules in Canada have always been a grey area when it comes to the use of drugs. While obviously impaired drivers were charged with possession (and dangerous operation of a motor vehicle if necessary), the rules have never specifically charged drivers for say, smoking a joint and getting behind the wheel.
That is, until now.
New regulations for driving under the influence of drugs are as follows:
Immediate three-day licence suspension for the first occurrence, seven days for the second occurrence, 30-day suspension for third and subsequence occurrences if driver fails sobriety test
Possible 90-day licence suspension and seven-day vehicle impoundment depending on testing by drug recognition expert at police station
Mandatory education or treatment programs
Ignition interlock device installation on vehicles for drivers with two or more alcohol or drug-related licence suspensions within 10-year period
While charging someone for driving under the influence of drugs isn’t as easy as breathalysing like alcohol-impaired driving, officers can determine driver impairment via a roadside sobriety test. If the investigating officer believes you are too high to drive, you will be brought downtown to be subject to blood pressure and body temperature tests, as well as examination by a drug recognition expert.
Charges also increase with each consecutive infraction.