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Québec increasing enforcement against impaired driving

Beginning November 26, all of Québec’s police services, in collaboration with the Société de l’assurance automobile du Québec (SAAQ), will intensify their interventions against impaired driving until January 3, 2022. The extra enforcement is part of a project to target impaired driving resulting from alcohol and drug use.  

Roadside checks will be held throughout Québec, during the day, evening and night. In addition, an awareness campaign will be held on the social media platforms of various police services and the SAAQ reminding drivers of the consequences of impaired driving. 

From 2015 to 2019, alcohol was the cause of 85 vehicle collision-related deaths in Québec, and 220 serious injuries. On average from 2015 to 2019, the traces of drugs or medication were found in 37 per cent of deceased drivers who were tested, but the presence of drugs does not necessarily mean the driver was impaired at the time of the collision. Cannabis was the drug most often detected. 

The enforcement campaign is coordinated by the Sûreté du Québec, the Service de Police de la ville de Montréal,  l’Association des directeurs de police du Québec, la SAAQ, et Contrôle routier Québec.  

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