Less Canadians admitted drinking and driving over the legal limit this year, a new study has revealed.

The Traffic Injury Research Foundation (TIRF) announced the release of its annual public opinion poll, the Road Safety Monitor (RSM), which also includes crash data from TIRF’s National Fatality Database.

It shows significant progress has been achieved in Canada to combat drinking and driving based upon recent trends in the number of alcohol-related road deaths, as well as the percentage of total road deaths attributed to drinking drivers.

In 2020, polling data indicates 7.5 percent of Canadian drivers admitted driving when they thought they were over the legal limit in the past 12 months, compared to 8.6 percent in 2019.

But, while fewer Canadians self-reported this behaviour in 2020, the TIRF says it remains to be seen whether the decrease is a result of lower traffic volumes due to COVID-19, or whether it signals the beginning of an overall downward trend in drinking and driving.

The full finding of the Road Safety Monitor (RSM) can be viewed online.