Impaired driving is one of the greatest risks to your safety and the safety of others on the road. Driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs greatly increases your risk of crashing and hurting or killing yourself or somebody else.
Know the facts:
- According to the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction, driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs is one of the most prominent factors contributing to serious crashes on Canada’s roads.
- In young drivers aged 16 to 25, almost half of crashes involve drug or alcohol impairment.
- The Traffic Injury Research Foundation in Canada’s Road Safety Monitor Report documents that cannabis impairs your ability to control your speed, maintain a proper following distance, stay in your lane and cause you to react slower.
- At a blood alcohol concentration of 0.05, your co-ordination and judgment are reduced, you lack the ability to track moving objects, steering becomes difficult, response to emergency situations is lacking and alertness is lowered. The effects continue to worsen as your blood alcohol concentration increases.
- If you are planning to drink alcohol or use drugs, do not drive. Plan ahead to get home safely; call a friend, family member, cab, ride-share or stay over at a trusted friend’s house. Making the decision not to drive drunk or high could save your life.
Cycling can be a fun activity especially when done safely. However, speed, inexperience and not wearing protective gear are among leading causes of cycling injuries.
To help make this activity safer in this province, Ellen’s Law requires drivers to leave one metre of space between their vehicles and cyclists on the road. While this means that drivers have a responsibility to make sure they look carefully for cyclists, it also means cyclists have a responsibility to make themselves as visible as possible to drivers, in addition to following the rules of the road.
This is why we encourage everyone to learn more about bicycle safety and how to safely share our roadways since road safety is everybody’s responsibility.
There is more to distracted driving than just texting when operating a motor vehicle. Distracted driving is the act of driving while engaging in any other activity which distracts the driver’s attention away from the road. Bad habits while driving such as writing, grooming and eating are a few other examples of distracted driving.
Any of these distractions can endanger you, your passengers, and others on the road. In addition, research confirms that certain activities while driving slow down your reaction time, makes it more difficult to stay in your lane, and makes it more likely for you to make mistakes on the road.
It is important to keep in mind that these visual, manual, and cognitive tasks can wait until you are safely parked or when you are not at the wheel.
Preparation is key to a safe and enjoyable experience. Before heading out, it is important to learn all you can about your off-road vehicle in addition to taking steps to understand how to ride smart, safe and in control by avoiding bad behaviours such as impaired, aggressive or distracted riding.
Responsible riders should also know their riding area to help avoid travelling along unsafe trails. For information about clubs and trail circuits near you, we encourage you to consult Quad NB and the NB Federation of Snowmobile Clubs.