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Police launch cannabis awareness campaign

Waterloo Regional Police have over 300 front-line officers who can do standardized field sobriety tests. Another 14 are trained as drug recognition experts
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Waterloo Regional Police crest. Erin Anderson/KitchenerToday

Cannabis is now legal in Canada.

And Waterloo Regional Police are out with a reminder for motorists to not drive while impaired.

They have launched the #HIGHstakes campaign.

"Cannabis is now legal, but driving impaired is not," Waterloo Regional Police Chief, Bryan Larkin, said in a release. "Impaired driving is the leading criminal cause of death and injury in Canada and we are committed to keeping our roads free from any type of impairment."

Waterloo Regional Police say they have over 300 front-line officers who are trained to do standardized field sobriety tests, meaning they can recognize impairment by alcohol or drugs.

The service also has 14 drug recognition experts and they expect to have more trained by the end of the year.

R.I.D.E. programs will be part of the awareness campaign as well.

"Drugs can impair your ability to drive safely, slowing your reaction time and your ability to make decisions," added Larkin. "If you drive high, you're not only risking your own life, but the lives of those you're sharing the road with."

You can read more on the legalization of cannabis here.


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