WINNIPEG – A recent roadside survey by Manitoba Public Insurance found 10 per cent of drivers tested positive for drugs.
This is based off a voluntary survey of 1,230 drivers last fall.
53 per cent of the positives were for pot, 31 per cent for cocaine, and 22 per cent of the positives were for more than one drug.
The number of positives for drugs was much higher than alcohol, with just 2.4 per cent producing a non-zero blood alcohol level.
“The low incidence of alcohol presence suggests most drivers are making the responsible decision to not drive after drinking,” said MPI’s Ward Keith in a statement. “The prevalence of drugs is extremely concerning and lends support for targeted drug driving awareness.”
Those tested weren’t subject to any charges. The survey was done by Prairie Research Associates on behalf of MPI for research purposes. The saliva samples taken were destroyed after testing.
They also said that, out of the 95 per cent of fatally injured drivers tested in 2013, nearly 40 per cent had traces of drugs in their system.
The data will now be used to guide legislation when pot is legalized.