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Edmonton police reported an increase in drug-impaired drivers—as police elsewhere in the country continue to report impaired driving isn’t going up in their areas.
- Of the 53 drug-impaired drivers they caught following cannabis legalization, 19 (36%) were believed to be impaired by cannabis. Over the same time period a year earlier, there were only three arrests for drug-impaired driving.
- The numbers were in a report by the Edmonton Police Commission which Police Chief Dale McFee says will not be used as an argument for additional funding, though it will likely present an argument for keeping its new funding (as of May 2018).
- The report argues it takes far more longer to process suspected drug-impaired drivers and costs more money.
- The report argues without evidence that “As the supply [of legal REC] increases, these numbers will rise.”
- Edmonton Councillor Scott McKeen expressed skepticism at the numbers and the argument that legalization created an increase in impaired driving, saying he suspected they have increased only because police have gone looking for cannabis-impaired drivers, adding the number of cannabis users hasn’t changed dramatically since legalization.
- Police chief McFee said the increase was the product of both increased use following legalization and increased police attention.