Oak Bay Police Department, a community near Victoria, issued its first cannabis ticket Sunday night to a driver rolling a joint.
We issued first cannabis ticket last nt, to a minor operating vehicle w/ cannabis in it: $230. Most concerning is he was likely going to drive away under influence had he not been checked by Police. Impaired driving kills people. Why can't we learn that? https://t.co/jM7aO0Z7F8 pic.twitter.com/WGbNuTzVXj— Oak Bay Police (@OakBayPolice) October 29, 2018
According to police, the $230 ticket was given to a minor, for operating a vehicle with cannabis in it.
“The individual was not smoking it, he was rolling it,” said Deputy Chief Ray Bernoties. “Most concerning is he was likely going to drive away under influence had he not been checked by police.”
An individual can’t operate, or be in care and control of, a vehicle which has cannabis readily available to the driver, explained Bernoties.
“Impaired driving kills people,” Bernoties said. “Why can’t we learn that?”
According to the federal government, impaired driving is the leading criminal cause of death and injury in Canada. In 2016, there were more than 70,000 impaired driving incidents reported by the police, including almost 3,000 drug-impaired driving incidents.
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