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McLellan report flags serious concerns with drugged driving, AMA says

Today’s release of the McLellan task force report on marijuana legalization confirms there’s urgent work to be done to implement a system that will keep Canadians safe on the road, says AMA.

The report flagged drug-impaired driving as a major concern and said several critical issues must be tackled in advance of legalization. These include public education, better funding for law enforcement, and more research on technology to detect impairment and the effects of the drug.

“AMA is pleased the task force report aligns with our own recommendations on the issue,” said Jeff Kasbrick, VP of Government and Stakeholder Relations for AMA. “Today’s report confirms the significant work and public education that needs to be done before legalization, which is why we’ve been actively meeting with provincial stakeholders to do everything we can to ensure public safety.”

AMA, working closely with the Canadian Automobile Association (CAA), calls on the federal government to move immediately to implement several of the task force recommendations, including those dealing with public education and investments to get law enforcement ready. Leadership at all levels needs to start now.

CAA polling released this fall shows almost two thirds of Canadians (63 per cent) and 61 per cent of Albertans are concerned that roads will become more dangerous with the legalization of marijuana. CAA met with the McLellan task force, and other government officials, to press them to put aside dedicated funding for public education campaigns that debunk myths and educate all Canadians on the impacts marijuana has on driving.

CAA also called for clear and meaningful laws that discourage Canadians from choosing to operate a motor vehicle while under the influence of marijuana, and enhanced resources to support law enforcement so Canadians take the law seriously.

The full drugged driving report, with recommendations, is available here.

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The Alberta Motor Association (AMA) is among the largest membership organizations in Alberta, representing more than 975,000 members. As a leading advocate for traffic safety, travel and consumer protection and crime prevention, AMA represents the interests of its members to industry and all levels of government and helps protect the things they care about most. Visit ama.ab.ca to learn more about AMA’s products, services and member advocacy efforts.

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