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Road Safety Monitor 2017 - Drinking And Driving In Canada

The Traffic Injury Research Foundation, published their ROAD SAFETY MONITOR 2017 report at the end of last year.

The fact sheet summarises findings about drinking and driving in Canada from the Road Safety Monitor 2017, a national public opinion poll on road safety issues. This annual poll is conducted by the Traffic Injury Research Foundation (TIRF) in partnership with Beer Canada and State Farm based on an online survey of a random, representative sample of Canadian drivers.

The number of persons who died in crashes involving a drinking driver between 1995 and 2014 decreased to its lowest point in 2014 (424 compared to 1,054), The percentage of persons killed in a traffic crash on a public roadway in Canada (excluding BC) that involved a drinking driver was 26.7% in 2014. This percentage declined from a peak of 37.2% in 1995 and has since remained consistently below 35%, although with some fluctuation. Since 2010, there has been a steady decrease in this percentage. The 2014 percentage is the lowest since 1995.

In 2017, 5.1% of respondents admitted they had driven when they thought they were over the legal limit in the past 12 months. Again there has been fluctuation over the last twenty years, but the trend overall is a decline from a high of 9.1% in 1998. Driving-in-Canada-2017-3. pdf
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