The number of impaired driving cases is down, but the number of impaired driving cases involving drugs is up. (iStock photo)

Canadian police reported fewer impaired driving cases in 2017

But the number of drug-impaired driving rose by 10 per cent

Fewer Canadians are driving impaired, according to Statistics Canada.

For the sixth consecutive year, cases of impaired driving declined by four per cent in 2017 to 188 incidents per 100,000 population. This said, cases of drug-impaired driving rose by 10 per cent, offsetting a drop of five per cent in cases of alcohol-impaired driving.

RELATED: Early data suggests no spike in pot-impaired driving after legalization: police

Police reported of 3,489 cases of drug-impaired driving in 2017 — 353 more than the previous year. The rate of drug-impaired driving (10 per 100,000 population) remained low compared to the rate of alcohol-impaired driving (179 per 100,000 population).

READ MORE: 14% of people admit to driving after smoking pot

All provinces except Nova Scotia recorded an increase in drug-impaired driving cases.


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