Marijuana a growing safety concern on the ride, Perth students hear

Drivers impaired by cannabis are a growing threat on Canada’s roads.

Martin Savoie, a school field representative from Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Canada, told a gymnasium full of high school students that, as we enter the holiday season and its accompanying RIDE programs on local roads, he has noticed a trend over the last two years, where “alcohol is slowly being replaced by cannabis,” he said. “Because it (marijuana) became legal does not mean it suddenly became safe.”

Savoie noted that crashes involving alcohol and/or drugs are the leading criminal cause of death in Canada, during his presentation at St. John Catholic high school in Perth, on Monday, Nov. 19.

Every day, on average, four Canadians are killed in alcohol and/or drug-related motor vehicle crashes on public roads.

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