#DontDriveHigh campaign reinforces that smoking cannabis can impair
motor skills, reaction time, perception and judgment
THORNHILL, ON, Dec. 17, 2018 /CNW/ - CAA South Central Ontario (CAA SCO) launched their cannabis education campaign today called #DontDriveHigh.
The campaign is geared towards young drivers to remind them that even though cannabis is legal, it's not harmless, especially in situations where reaction time, motor skills and judgment are critical.
"Just because you think you may be able to drive while high, doesn't mean you should," said Teresa Di Felice, assistant vice president, government relations, CAA SCO. "It's important to remember that if you are going to consume alcohol or cannabis, find an alternative to driving so you can arrive where you're going safely."
CAA's research shows that there is a gap in awareness of the effects of using cannabis, specifically, in young men. Men aged 25 to 34 are the most likely to drive under the influence of cannabis. Many are novice drivers who live in busy, urban areas.
"Our research shows that many Ontario drivers believe that there is a strong need for public education around cannabis legislation," said Teresa Di Felice. "Our campaign aims to educate young drivers with fun yet thought-provoking videos."
The campaign kickoff took place at SPiN Toronto. Participants got to test their reaction time playing ping pong while using cannabis goggles.
As long-standing advocates for road safety, CAA is monitoring the impact of cannabis legalization across the province.
To learn more about the campaign and cannabis-impaired driving, visit the CAA Advocacy cannabis education hub.
About CAA South Central
As a leader and advocate for road safety and mobility, CAA South Central Ontario is a not-for-profit auto club which represents the interests of over 2 million members. For over a century, CAA has collaborated with communities, police services and governments to help keep drivers and their families safe while travelling on our roads.
SOURCE CAA South Central Ontario