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Car crashes happen suddenly and unexpectedly. A slowed reaction time from cannabis or depressant drugs mean you are less likely to see a crash coming in time to avoid it. Similarly, supernatural confidence from stimulant drugs like meth can make you a bigger risk taker. So you're definitely better to drive drug free.

We sometimes hear people saying that cannabis makes you more cautious, or that a stimulant drug improves reaction times. The truth is that other negative effects mean these won’t be enough to keep you safe. The only solution is to not drive, or to come down and/or sleep before you drive.

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times more likely to be involved in a fatal crash if you're affected by alcohol, drugs or prescription medications when driving.

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Did you know that 1 in 4 prescriptions are for medications that can impair driving?

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

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