Alberta Introduces Amendments to Traffic Safety Act in Preparation of Cannabis Legalization

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Alberta's NDP government is introducing legislation to bolster drug-impaired driving laws.

The Province of Alberta is introducing amendments to the Traffic Safety Act as it prepares for the legalization of marijuana this summer. Bill 29 was introduced in the Legislature Tuesday. Transportation Minister, Brian Mason, says if passed, the bill would ensure sanctions for drug-impaired driving align with those already in place for alcohol-impaired drivers. Bill 29 would also expand the Zero Tolerance Program for Graduated Drivers Licencing drivers meaning there would also be a zero tolerance for cannabis and illegal drugs just as there is for alcohol. Statistics show that in 2013, 24% of fatally injured drivers in Alberta tested positive for both alcohol and drugs. -Tina Giesbrecht
Transportation Minister Brian Mason

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