Impaired driving is a deadly and persistent problem in Canada.
On average, it claims between 1,250 and 1,500 lives and causes close to 64,000 injuries in Canada each year.
Young people are at particular risk. Approximately 45% of youth crash deaths are alcohol-related, and statistics indicate that one in every three people who dies in an alcohol-related crash is under the age of 25.
Despite federal and provincial/territorial laws and penalties, police enforcement and awareness efforts, and despite the obvious risk of crash, death and injury, Canadians are still getting behind the wheel impaired. The estimated number of impaired driving trips taken in Canada each year is 12.5 million.
It doesn’t just happen on the roads. Every year, people are also killed on boats, ATVs and snowmobiles because the operators and/or riders are impaired.
The excuses for driving impaired are plentiful. “I’ve only had a few”. “I feel fine to drive”. “I’m only going down the street”. But they are also meaningless when that driver kills or injures someone.
The deaths and injuries caused by impaired driving are 100% preventable.
We review and analyze impaired driving countermeasures in Canada and around the world, and determine those best practices which can be implemented, at the federal or provincial/territorial levels, to reduce impaired driving in Canada.