With canabis being legalized in July of 2018, Ontario is planning to introduce new measures to have drug-related driving charges even tougher in an effort to keep the road’s safe.
Premier Kathleen Wynne and Minister of Transportation Steven Del Duca were in Toronto to announce that the consequences and fines will increase for those who drive under the influence in the fall.
West Region Police Sergeant David Rektor says ” people already drive under the influence of marijuana illegally and they are going to continue to do it, sadly because they’re killing people. People need to get it to their heads that whether you are impaired by marijuana or alcohol, it is illegal.”
There will be no tolerance if drivers have any drugs or alcohol in their system if they are under 21 years of age, novice drivers who only have their G1, G2, M1 or M2, or for commercial drivers.
There will be an additional fine if the driver fails or refuses a sobriety test.
Ontario already has some of the toughest penalties for driving under the influence in Canada.