Thursday, Nov 23, 2017 06:00 am
Although the majority of us in the newsroom are for legalizing marijuana in Canada, some of us do have concerns with drug-impaired driving. Thankfully, the provincial government has introduced a new bill that would deal with this (see story on page 3).
If passed, Bill 29, An Act to Reduce Cannabis and Alcohol-Impaired Driving, would follow proposed federal legislation to create new drug-impaired driving offences with specified blood-drug concentration limits for tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is the main ingredient in cannabis that affects concentration and alters brain function.
We agree these limits need to be made. Drunk driving is already a major issue that continues to claim the lives of Albertans every year, and we donít need to add drug-impaired driving to the mix.
Another penalty the province is looking at implementing is the requirement to undergo an impaired driving education program, which we also agree with. Drug users should take impaired driving seriously, and if they donít, they should be educated.
Whether youíre under the influence of alcohol or marijuana, youíre impaired. It is your responsibility to plan ahead and if you choose to get behind the wheel, be prepared to face the consequences.