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Drive Safe! R.I.D.E.Traffic Safety Campaign

Friday, May 23, 2014   by: Staff



Sault Ste. Marie Police Service Supports Provincial Drive Safe! Campaign to Combat Driving Under the Influence of Drugs

The Sault Ste. Marie Police Service is supporting the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police’s (OACP) 2014 Drive Safe! R.I.D.E. traffic safety campaign (#DriveSafeOnt) which will focus on the dangers associated with driving under the influence of prescription medicines and illegal drugs-depressants, stimulants, hallucinogens, inhalants, cannabis, etc.

A 2010 study published in the Journal of Traffic Injury Prevention concluded that more than 10 percent of drivers randomly pulled over for a survey tested positive for drug use compared to eight percent who had been drinking.

A 2012 study ( found a two-fold increase in the risk of an accident if there was any measurable amount of THC (the active ingredient in cannabis) in the bloodstream.

We are proud to support this important public safety campaign.

Driving after consuming alcohol poses tremendous dangers for motorists, other driver, and pedestrians.

But choosing to get behind the wheel of a vehicle after consuming certain prescription drugs and illegal substances can be just as dangerous, said Chief Robert Davies.

Not only are you putting yourself and others in physical danger, but legal consequences are just not worth the risk.

The campaign features a public information booklet with information on driving while impaired (alcohol and drugs) as well as traffic collision reporting, protecting the consumers from fraud, and Ontario’s racing, seat belt and distracted driving laws.

To download the new “The Eyes have it: Stoned Driving is Impaired Driving” booklet, please visit


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right wing 5/23/2014 6:05:55 PM Report

It's called I-M-P-A-I-R-E-D driving.
I don't give a shit what you use to impair yourself, just don't drive your dam vehicle.
How much innocent life lost and families destroyed for some folks out there to get that through their thick skulls. I feel better.
right wing 5/23/2014 6:07:21 PM Report

...and before the spelling police come after me....yes it should be "damn" not "dam".
chris-audi 5/23/2014 7:10:39 PM Report

Good luck getting a charge to hold on a medicinal cannabis patient. That study is a joke. Prohibitionist bullshit.
BlackHelix 5/23/2014 9:05:37 PM Report

hahahaha this is hilarious.

The study from 2010 cited was done in BC with 1533 random stops by Beirness & Associates, Inc who are "Advisors" to The Canadian Centre on Substance abuse - who consistently post factually inaccurate statements about marijuana.

Soooooo, they're saying they found 150 people in BC that had some drug in their system? WOW! I could have told you that.

Nice job Sootoday. You keep posting those "NEWS RELEASES". I'm so glad the city, police, and politicians have an online megaphone in the Sault, free from any questions, criticism, or real journalism.

Zap 5/23/2014 9:19:27 PM Report

What a load of Nazism. BS War on marijuana.
Koolaid 5/23/2014 10:02:52 PM Report

People should not smoke tobacco and drive, it impairs your judgement , also is a distraction. Quit smoking, your costing society billions of dollars in health care. LOSERS !!! your worst then crack heads
KBO 5/23/2014 10:06:45 PM Report

Do they have a roadside screening device for pot and other drugs like they do for alcohol? How would the police determine if someone is impaired By these substances?
justsomeguy 5/23/2014 10:27:01 PM Report

@Zap - do you even know what 'nazism' means? Do you even know what the word nazi is an abbreviation for?
soowat 5/23/2014 10:38:49 PM Report

Those dumb illegitimate products of an unmarried mating need to understand one thing. If you are impaired--don't drive. Why is that so hard for you weed whackers to understand?
thera 5/23/2014 11:20:59 PM Report

@ Soowat:

It's called fear mongering. Studies have shown that people who are high (and I know some of them locally, lol), are just as safe behind the wheel because they know they are high and take extra precautions (such as never speeding, never going through a yellow or red light, double and triple checking before the way is clear, etc). I don't advocate being under the influence (drunk driving), but chasing down something that isn't a problem in the first place (driving while high on weed) is a waste of public dollars.
thera 5/23/2014 11:26:39 PM Report

Oh, and singling out the "products of an unmarried mating" is just the most ridiculous thing I have read on this site in a while (congrats). Are you saying that single parents and their offspring are somehow less of a person or could never achieve anything? I think you might be stuck in the 1950's...
right wing 5/24/2014 9:10:41 AM Report

Impaired driving is impaired driving no matter what the source of the impairment.
If you cannot see this then you are simply ignorant or an idiot or perhaps both.
You are attempting to argue from an indefensible position.
Impaired driving causes loss of property, injury and loss of life.
This has nothing to do with any "war" on marijuana.
thera 5/24/2014 9:39:36 AM Report

All I'm saying is that some of these people are safer on the roads than most people think. Can you think of anyone who follows all traffic laws (including not speeding, making correct lane changes, and coming to a complete stop at stop signs)? I can't think of anyone - and that includes myself.
Drinking and driving on the other hand is completely dangerous and should never be done.
right wing 5/24/2014 11:03:45 AM Report

Nobody should be driving a vehicle while impaired, bottom line.
If they had a way of detecting drug levels as easily as they do alcohol with a breathalyzer then those with drugs would get charged more often.
I am not judging those that use marijuana or alcohol just don't drive, what don't you get about that.
Jack Ford 5/24/2014 11:16:59 AM Report

To divide the argument is the only way to engage in the discussion.

Impaired driving is bad = Yes
Weed impairs you = Yes

Are police agencies using this to add funds to its RIDE program budget? = Yes

Is there an outbreak in Weed related Auto Collisions? = No

But the Police need to find ways to get funding just like any other Government agency. Sadly weed is a very easy target.

Don't get high and drive that's just a very poor choice. But don't provide us with a garbage study as evidence that all those crazy pot heads are gonna run us all over, because that is false information and propaganda to further a false cause.


As for road side testing for weed? The officer just opens a bag of Doritos, those that jump out of their vehicles with out putting them into park are charged on the spot. Those caught chewing on their own hands get a 24 hour suspension. Those asking for a snack alternative get a 12 hour suspension and a small fine because nothing is better than Doritos man....

ThinkAgain 5/24/2014 12:49:57 PM Report

I wish they would focus more with in town driving.
Getting groceries once per week I can count 5-8 violations within 1 hour. And thats only on the same street there and back.
Funny driving to Pino's following a police cruiser, he made 5 illegal turns, just think when he isn't working. My Mom in the car was terribly frustrated.
Powerwise 5/24/2014 12:58:11 PM Report

oh hey cool the biased study game, I can play too:

"[cannabis] legalization is associated with a nearly 9 percent decrease in traffic fatalities"

or "Some drivers may actually be able to improve performance for brief periods" from the 2010 March Journal of Psychoactive Drugs

i guess everyone should drive stoned!
thera 5/24/2014 6:13:40 PM Report

Right Wing

I believe the next three posters made my argument for me.

I understand that sober is preferable, but what you don't get is that apparently you think sober drivers who break the rules (which runs rampant in this city) aren't as dangerous (and in fact probably more dangerous) than as people driving while high.
right wing 5/24/2014 9:10:17 PM Report

Of course the last posters made your argument for you, cause you can't make one on your own and neither can they.
I get it, you smoke pot and so do they most probably.
What you bobble heads don't get is that there is no easy roadside method of measuring the impairment level of those smoking marijuana as there is with alcohol.
Thus we don't know what the stats are....duh, do you understand.

BOTTOM LINE DUMB ASSES....just don't drive impaired!!!!!!
thera 5/24/2014 9:46:23 PM Report

Who said I smoked pot? Just because I think taxes shouldn't be wasted on this crap, doesn't mean I smoke it myself. Oh and thanks for ignoring my point for a third post in a row. That right there shows you have no counter argument - thanks as well to you for making my point for me.
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