The Traffic Injury Research Foundation (TIRF) has published a new fact sheet that summarizes findings on self-reported drinking and driving in Canada.
The fact sheet is based on the Road Safety Monitor (RSM) 2017 poll conducted by TIRF, in partnership with Beer Canada and State Farm®. The results show that progress has been made to curb drinking and driving, but continued attention and monitoring is needed to avoid losing ground.
In 2014, 424 Canadians died in traffic crashes involving a drinking driver (excluding British Columbia), down from 1,054 in 1995. The percent of all traffic fatalities that involved a drinking driver (excluding British Columbia) was 26.7% in 2014, the lowest figure since 1995, when it was 37.2%.
“However, since 2013, self-reported data on drinking and driving suggest that the proportion of drivers who engage in this behaviour is not decreasing,” said Ward Vanlaar, Chief Operating Officer of TIRF. “We are able to use the RSM poll results as an ‘early warning’ system and the data on self-reported driving after drinking suggest that the number of deaths may increase again without concerted effort”.
Download the fact sheet: New Road Safety Monitor 2017: Drinking and Driving in Canada