The Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA) is updating their pot and driving campaign as cannabis legalization nears.
The updated version of the campaign includes information on current impaired driving laws and legislation being proposed to strengthen those laws. The CPHA’s main objective of raising awareness of the risks associated with cannabis-impaired driving, remains unchanged.
The 2015 Canadian Tobacco, Alcohol and Drugs Survey showed that more than 20% of youth aged 15 to 19 and nearly 30% of young adults aged 20-24 consume cannabis.
A national survey shows only 48% of Canadian youth realize the risks associated with cannabis consumption and driving, in comparison to the 79% that understood the risks of drinking and driving.
The CPHA’s goal is to change those perceptions so cannabis-impaired driving is seen to be as dangerous and socially unacceptable as drinking and driving.