Survey finds many young Canadians believe driving high not a big deal


According to a recent survey, many young Canadians are not concerned with driving while high or riding with a high driver.

The survey, organized by the Canadian Automobile Association (CAA), found that a quarter of respondents aged 18- to 34-years-old said they have driven while high or ridden in a car with a driver who was high.

Additionally, the survey found many young Canadians have a different view of driving high compared to driving drunk.

According to the findings, 86 per cent said they understand the importance of finding travel arrangements after drinking. However, 70 per cent believe it’s not nearly as important to do so after consuming cannabis.

“The study’s findings regarding attitudes and perceptions tells us there is a need for more education,”, Jeff Walker, chief strategy officer for CAA, said in a news release.

“If you plan to consume cannabis this holiday season, don’t drive. Make an alternate arrangement just like you would for drinking,” he continued.

Additionally, many young Canadians believe cannabis has little to no effect on their ability to drive—something that is refuted by several scientific studies.

“Cannabis may impair your driving differently than alcohol, but the effect is the same—decreased reaction times that can lead to collisions and even fatalities,” added Walker.

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