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1 in 4 prescriptions are for medications that can impair driving

Impaired driving

Impaired driving is when your body or emotions have been affected in a way that makes driving unsafe.

Impaired driving can be caused by tiredness, illness, alcohol, drugs, or distractions. It is usually temporary. Symptoms of impairment include blurred vision, feeling sleepy, slow reactions and dizziness.

What you need to know

Alcohol, drugs, and prescription medications are all causes of drug impaired driving

You can be charged for driving while impaired, regardless of what substance caused the impairment

You should always check for symptoms of impairment before you drive

The research is clear, it is dangerous to drive after taking drugs


If someone is affected by alcohol and illicit drugs or prescription medications when driving, they are 23 times more likely to be involved in a fatal crash


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