Government of Canada Invests $2 Million to Keep Yukon's Roads Safe From Drug-Impaired Drivers

Published: July 17, 2019

Government of Canada Invests $2 Million to Keep Yukon's Roads Safe From Drug-Impaired Drivers

While drug-impaired driving has been illegal in Canada for more than 90 years, too many irresponsible individuals continue to put many lives at risk by driving impaired. The Government of Canada is investing in new technologies, additional resources, and training to detect and deter these impaired drivers.

Today, Member of Parliament Larry Bagnell, on behalf of the Minister of Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction, the Honourable Bill Blair, announced $2.3 million over five years for projects to support training activities for frontline police officers in Yukon. Projects include training in Standardized Field Sobriety Testing (SFST) and Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) evaluation, as well as dedicated trainers to deliver new and refresher training. Yukon will advance their drug-impaired driving initiatives in collaboration with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, First Nations, partners and other stakeholders to support safe and healthy communities.

Funding will also be used to develop standardized data collection and reporting practices that will be used to analyze trends, identify gaps and provide an accurate picture of drug-impaired driving in the territory, and across Canada. The funding is part of the $81 million announced by the Government of Canada for provinces and territories to support public and road safety activities.

“I have seen the devastation of driving impaired. When individuals drive high, everyone loses. By investing in programs that educate and deter Canadians from driving while impaired, we are making our communities safer. These investments will ensure those who drive impaired will be caught. The evidence is clear: cannabis and other prescription drugs don’t make you a better driver. Be smart and never drive high,” said Bill Blair, Minister of Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction

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