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NBMS statement on new measures to reduce drug-impaired driving

As an emergency physician, I see an alarming number of accidents related to impaired driving, despite the increased awareness and education. Therefore, the New Brunswick Medical Society (NBMS) is pleased to see that the government is introducing new measures to prevent drug-impaired driving. Following the legalization of cannabis, the NBMS is concerned that New Brunswickers may choose to operate a motor vehicle while impaired.

Using cannabis and driving can result in a car accident, causing serious injuries or death, as cannabis can slow reaction times, lower one’s ability to pay attention, and impair coordination. Cannabis is second only to alcohol as the drug most frequently found among drivers involved in crashes and drivers charged with impaired driving.

The new amendments to the Motor Vehicle Act are a strong step toward improving road safety in our province. The NBMS supports these new measures and would like to remind New Brunswickers not to drive while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Dr. Serge Melanson, president, New Brunswick Medical Society