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Marijuana use significantly impairs one’s driving ability by affecting judgement, motor coordination and reaction time. In fact, according to the most recent data from the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse, approximately 34 per cent of vehicle crash deaths can be linked to drug-impaired driving, which is nearly as many as those related to alcohol.

Drug-impaired driving occurs when an operator uses a motor vehicle while under the influence of illegal, prescription or over-the-counter drugs. Of these, marijuana is one of the most common, with studies suggesting that each year, approximately 632,600 Canadian drivers operate a vehicle two hours after smoking marijuana.

This is dangerous, as marijuana can impact one’s driving ability in the following ways:

  • Reduces a driver’s ability to stay in the centre lane
  • Impacts a driver’s ability to judge safe following distances
  • Impairs a driver’s ability to make quick decisions regarding passing manoeuvres
  • Makes it difficult for drivers to concentrate on the road
  • Decreases a driver’s ability to accurately judge his or her driving speed

On December 1, 2017, new sections of The Cannabis Harm Prevention Act came into force in Manitoba.  This is in preparation for the federal legalization of cannabis expected in Summer 2018. 

The act provides police agencies with new tools to combat drug-impaired drivers.  Including:

  • A new 24-hour driver’s license suspension if a police officer believes the driving is under the influence of drugs and is incapable of driving.
  • A requirement for the Registrar of Motor Vehicles to determine if new drivers who receive the 24-hour suspension should face further consequences. 
  • A new offense for consuming cannabis in or on a vehicle that is on a highway.
  • A requirement that cannabis be stored in a secure compartment.  I.e. the vehicle’s trunk, so that it is inaccessible to people in the vehicle.  Similar to the rules about open liquor.
  • Similar restrictions and prohibitions pertaining to cannabis use for individuals driving off-road vehicles

Driving under the influence of marijuana is especially common among young people, as around 22 per cent of Canadians ages 15 to 19 admitted to smoking at least once per year. Parents should speak to their children about the dangers of operating a vehicle under the influence of any substances that could impair their driving ability.  However uncomfortable the conversation might be. 

Drive safe out there!

 

Crossroads Insurance

Reopening to the Public!

Effective Wednesday May 27th, 2020, our offices will once again be opening our doors to the public. We will also continue to perform transactions by phone, email and online.

The health and safety of our employees and customers is our top priority and we would like to ensure that safety measures have been put in to place to protect everyone.

We will continue to follow the guidelines set out by the Province of Manitoba and Health Canada. To ensure customer and staff safety, we have implemented the following measures:

  • We will be limiting the number of customers permitted in the office at any one time
  • We have markers placed to comply with physical distancing
  • We have installed protective shields on desks between the insurance advisor and customer
  • Hand sanitizer will be available upon entry to the office
  • The payment terminal will be disinfected in between uses
  • Each station used for a transaction will be disinfected in between customers
  • Further Increased frequency of cleaning and sanitizing

In an effort to minimize the amount of people in our offices at any one time, we will continue to have some of our staff work remotely.

We will continue to maintain reduced hours as follows: Monday to Friday 9:00am to 5:00pm, and Saturdays 10:00am to 4:00pm.

When visiting one of our locations, please respect social distancing both outside and inside the branch, and follow the directions on all signage.

If you are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms, or have travelled outside the province in the last 14 days, please do not attend the office. We will be happy to help you over the phone, by email, or online.

There may be times when our team members are dealing with increased call volumes and walk-in traffic. Please be patient during this time. Please leave a voicemail and one of our Insurance Advisors will return your call as soon as they are available. You can also send your inquires by email, fax, and through our website.

Thank you for your patience as we work through this together. We will continue to monitor the situation closely and provide you with regular updates.

Please do not hesitate to contact one of our Insurance Advisors who are here to help and ready to assist you.

Your Crossroads Insurance Team