The government of Canada is doubling down on efforts to eliminate impaired driving.
Minister of Public Safety Ralph Goodale spoke to media Friday and noted 40% of fatal crashes are drug related.
Goodale acknowledges the numbers are alarming, but when it comes to Saskatchewan, they become even more so.
“It’s painful to note that this province, my home province, had the highest rate of police reported impaired driving in 2015.”
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Goodale says the government is working harder to change attitudes to impaired driving.
“Many are even under the delusion that cannibis makes them drive better,” he says. “Earlier this month, I launched a $3 million Government of Canada public awareness campaign that seeks to change some of these dangerous and disturbing perceptions.”
Part of the campaign includes the release of public service announcements on television and social media, as well as promoting community engagement and education on impaired driving.
Goodale also notes the government has introduced Bill C-46 to the Senate, noting, when passed, it would make impaired driving offences in Canada the toughest in the world.