Monday, May 9, 2016

Driving while on drugs up 150% over last year: Toronto Police

TORONTO - More people are getting behind the wheel while on drugs this year compared to last year, Toronto Police say.

There have been 25 drivers have been charged with impaired driving due to drug use so far this year, up from 10 at this time last year.

That's an increase of 150%

Meanwhile, the number of alcohol-related charges has dropped by roughly 7% -- 431 as of last week, compared to 464 to the same time last year.

Drivers impaired by drugs face criminal charges but do not currently have their licence automatically suspended like those who fail a breathalyzer test.

That is set to change this fall after legislative amendments take effect.

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