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OPP seeing a 'disturbing trend' of drug-impaired driving

Collisions involving drug impairment are up 140% over last year; These drivers 'post a significant threat,' say OPP, adding they are increasing RIDE initiatives
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Incidences of collisions involving drug impairment have skyrocketed 140% compared to last year, say OPP. OPP Photo

There are much fewer vehicles on the roads these days as non-essential businesses are shut down and many people are working from home during this global pandemic.

Despite that, Central Region OPP - which is headquartered in Orillia and serves the Sunshine City and other towns and cities across this part of the province - is seeing a "disturbing trend" on local roadways.

OPP Sgt. Jason Folz, who co-ordinates media for Central Region, said collisions involving drug impairment are on the rise and have increased 140 per cent over the same period last year.

These drivers "pose a significant threat on Ontario roads," said Folz, stressing the OPP has a "zero tolerance" policy for alcohol and cannabis use among young, novice and commercial drivers.

He urges people to make the right choice and said the OPP will work to keep roads safe, adding the OPP is "committed to increase RIDE initiatives across the province."