A person's ability to operate a motor vehicle is impaired when they consume alcohol, drugs or a combination of the two.
Driving impaired is not limited to motor vehicles on the road – but also include boats, off-road vehicles and snowmobiles.
Alcohol — even one drink — can reduce a person’s ability to react to things that happen suddenly. The effects of alcohol also include blurred or double vision, impaired attention and slowed reflexes.
Many drugs, even those prescribed by a doctor or purchased over-the-counter, can impair one’s ability to drive safely. Smoking, vaping or eating cannabis can increase the risk of being involved in a motor vehicle collision.
Impaired driving is one of the leading causes of death on Ontario’s roads.
Every year, almost 11,000 drivers in Ontario are suspended for convictions related to impaired driving. So far, in 2020, 15 people have been charged for impaired driving in Grenville County (compared to 23 in 2019). One impaired driver is too many.
Ontario has a zero tolerance approach for all young and novice drivers. They are prohibited from having any presence of alcohol or cannabis in their system while driving, or they will face severe consequences and potential criminal charges.
The good news is impaired driving is 100% preventable.
Don’t not take a chance. If you’re drinking alcohol or using cannabis, plan another way home, have a designated driver, call a friend or loved one, or call a taxi or ride-share. And never get into a car with someone who has been drinking or using cannabis or let a friend and family member drive impaired.
The Road Safety public awareness campaign aims to promote safe driving behaviours and make roads in North Grenville safer for all users.
The North Grenville Road Safety Campaign Committee is comprised of the Municipality of North Grenville, the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit, the Grenville County Ontario Provincial Police, and the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville.
For more details on the campaign visit the webpage at www.northgrenville.ca/roadsafety.
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