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Yâkwâmi! Don’t drive high

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Mary-Jane Petawabano talks about the dangers of driving under the influence (DUI)

Driving while under the influence of drugs is dangerous and can put you and others at serious risk. Driving impaired (drunk or high) is illegal, and continues to kill or injure more people in Canada than any other crime.


Driving high can lead to car accidents, serious injuries, and death

Person saying no to a marijhuana cigarette

Accidents from driving high are 100% preventable.

How can I stay safe?

  • Designate a sober driver
  • Don’t ride with a friend or family member who is high
  • Don’t feel pressured to do drugs
  • Spend the night at a friend’s or family’s house
  • Have someone pick you up
  • Take a taxi

Why is driving under the influence of drugs (cannabis, speed, cocaine, even prescribed or nonprescribed medication) dangerous?

  • Your reactions are slower
  • Your movement is affected (motor skills)
  • You lose a sense of reality
  • Your ability to concentrate is affected
  • Sleepiness
  • Confusion
  • Paranoia
  • You may become overly confident and think “it won’t happen to me, I’m a good driver”
  • Thinking that “I did it before and nothing happened”


Yaakwaami - Don't drive high

Did you know?

  1. Many drivers who are killed in crashes that tested positive for drugs also had alcohol in their system.
  2. More than 1-out-of-3 teens mistakenly believe they drive better under the influence of marijuana.

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