MPs call for designated National Impaired Driving Prevention Week

Published: February 6, 2018

Updated: July 24, 2018

Author: Luke Jones

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The legalization of recreational marijuana is close, with the law to be passed this summer. With concerns over how to police impaired driving, politicians are calling for creating a dedicated impaired driving week. All major parties debated designating the third week of March to National Impaired Driving Prevention Week.

“Marijuana legalization will result in more impaired driving deaths, more accidents, and an increased risk to road safety,” Richard Motz, Conservative MP for Medicine Hat-Cardston-Warner, Alta. said during a House of Commons session.

A motion was raised for the feds to “recognize the importance of educating Canadians about the consequences of impaired driving due to alcohol, drugs, fatigue or distraction,” and to create a impaired driving week.

Lots of education is needed because many Canadians still believe that the impacts of marijuana and alcohol are the same, if not less, for cannabis,” Motz told the Commons.

He was not alone in calling for the specific week of actions. Liberal MP Marc Miller of Ville-Marie-Le-Sud-Ouest-Ile-des-Soeurs in Quebec and Richard Cannings, NDP MP for South Okanagan-West Kootenay, B.C. agreed with the motion.

“It is now widely accepted that alcohol-impaired driving is wrong and that it causes considerable harm,” Cannings said. “However, as we move forward toward the legalization of cannabis, we must acknowledge that many individuals do not believe drug-impaired driving is quite so serious.”