The Road Safety Monitor (RSM) is a unique, annual public opinion survey that takes the pulse of the nation on key traffic safety issues and tracks changes in behaviours, attitudes, and opinions of Canadians by means of a telephone and on-line survey of a random, representative sample of Canadian drivers. More than 40 years of research has proven that the risks associated with driving while under the influence of alcohol are substantial, resulting in widespread recognition of this social problem. However, there is less concrete evidence regarding the prevalence, risks and implications of drugged driving, or drug-impaired driving. At the same time, there are indications that the problem is a growing source of concern. Consequently, the issue of drug-impaired driving has emerged as an internationally recognized problem in the past decade, bringing with it competing perspectives, misconceptions and diverse opinions about how to address it.
In 2014, 45% of drivers killed in road crashes, tested positive for drugs. Although there was a slight decline in the perceived seriousness of the problem of drug-impaired drivers within the past decade, the issue continues to be identified as a serious concern for a majority of Canadian drivers. While the available data suggest that the overall percentage of drug-impaired drivers has neither significantly increased nor decreased, there are still many Canadian drivers getting behind the wheel while under the influence of various substances, particularly marijuana and prescription drugs, that may affect their driving. There is a need for more evidence-based information to inform decision-making with regard to policies, programs and proposed strategies to address it.
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