CANNABIS AND DRIVING: IMPLICATIONS OF MODERATION IN PENALTIES

This paper is devoted to a consideration of the implications of the moderation in penalties for a single sector--traffic safety. The initial section of the paper provides a review of the research literature on cannabis and driving. Within the context of the results of these studies, three alternative forms of cannabis legislation are considered: status quo, moderation in penalties, and moderation with monitoring and risk control. It is concluded that there is a sufficient basis for concern over the issue of cannabis use among drivers even if a status quo option is finally adopted, and that steps should be taken to monitor and control cannabis use in driving situations. It is acknowledged that there is an insufficient basis at present to forecast the magnitude of the costs associated with moderations in cannabis penalties. Consequently, it is urged that this legislative posture should include definite provision for monitoring and control of any traffic safety consequences that might arise. (TRRL)

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • TIRF Issues in Road Safety Series. Supported in part by the Non-Medical Use of Drugs Directorate, Health and Welfare Canada.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Traffic Injury Research Foundation (TIRF)

    Ottowa, Ontario  Canada 
  • Authors:
    • Warren, R A
    • Simpson, H M
  • Publication Date: 1980

Media Info

  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: 32 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00345785
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transportation Association of Canada (TAC)
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Monograph, HS-031 041
  • Files: HSL, ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 27 1982 12:00AM