If its passed—Alberta’s going to have some new rules that would bridge the gap between alcohol-impaired driving–and cannibis impaired driving…
Pot is supposed to become legal in the country next July—-and a lot of people are worried its going to lead to more impaired drivers on the road—-because many dont think weed is as bad as booze.
Transportation Minister Brian Mason says nothing could be further from the truth:
“And that whether its marijuana or alcohol–if you’re impaired on the road–we need to do something to take you off the road—and thats the objective here.”
The province is talking about an expanded “zero tolerance” program for graduated drivers, a 90-day licence suspension if you go over the limit already proposed by the feds—and following that suspension—taking part in an ignition-interlock program for a year….
Under Bill C-46-(the federal bill) drivers would face a maximum $1,000 fine if their blood tested positive for two to five nanograms per millilitre of THC.
For drivers with more than five ng/ml of THC detected on a first impaired driving offence, a minimum $1,000 fine would be imposed, with tougher penalties such as jail time for subsequent offences.
The rules also impose penalties for combined alcohol-cannabis use of 2.5 ng/ml of THC with a blood alcohol level of .05 .
If the provincial bill is passed—it would start—in February—-before pot even becomes legal.