Road Safety

Penalties

You can’t drive high!

It is illegal to drive while impaired by drugs – and you can get caught.

In Canada, there is no legal limit of blood concentration for any drug or substance, other than alcohol. Impairment by drugs is determined by tests conducted by police officers. Police have the ability to identify drug-impairment in drivers by evaluating behaviour for impairment, administering roadside drug recognition evaluations, and requesting a blood, urine or saliva sample for testing.

In Manitoba, all drivers suspected by police of being under the influence of any drug can receive an immediate 24-hour roadside licence suspension. If you fail a physical coordination test or a drug recognition evaluation, you can be subject to an immediate Tiered Administrative Licence Suspension. Tiered Suspensions range from 72 hours to 60 days, depending on how many previous suspensions you have received within a 10-year period. There is an automatic seven-day suspension for a first offence where a person under the age of 16 is in the vehicle. Receiving a Tiered Administrative Licence Suspension lowers your Driver Safety Rating by five levels.

If police suspect that a driver is impaired by drugs, they could be asked to undergo further testing. Drug-impaired driving carries the same criminal offence and charges as alcohol-impaired driving, even if the drug has been prescribed by a doctor.

Criminal penalties are:

First Conviction

Second Conviction

Third Conviction

Cause bodily harm or death

Suspension

12 months

Five years

10 years

Five years

Jail

Maximum

18 months

Minimum

30 days

Minimum

120 days

Maximum

10 years

Fine

$1,000

Don’t drive high – make a plan to get home safely if you’re not sober.