Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction

Impaired driving is one of the most common factors contributing to serious road crashes in Canada. From 2000 to 2014, over 12,000 people are estimated to have died in crashes involving an alcohol-impaired driver. Drug-impaired driving is also a concern. According to a cannabis use and driving report, from 2000 to 2010, 16.6% of fatally injured drivers in Canada tested positive for cannabis. To help address impaired driving, CCSA conducts research, develops tools and resources, and produces targeted materials to support evidence-based decisions and public policy.

What is Impaired Driving?

Impaired driving is operating any motorized vehicle (including cars, trucks, motorcycles, boats, airplanes, trains, jet skis and snowmobiles) while under the influence of alcohol, drugs or a combination of both. It is an offence under the Criminal Code in Canada and is an issue of public health and safety.

Preventing and Reducing Impaired Driving

Individuals can avoid situations with impaired driving by using another form of transportation such as public transit, a designated driver, ride sharing or a taxi, or by planning to spend the night. Individuals should also avoid riding with a driver who is under the influence of alcohol or drugs.


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