10 Impaired Driving Charges/Short-Term Suspensions Laid Every Hour in Canada
In 2019, an average of 10 impaired driving criminal charges and short-term provincial licence suspensions were laid every hour in Canada.
This is extremely disturbing and completely unacceptable.
Our new report on the statistics of impaired driving also found that the annual rate of alcohol-related charges and short-term suspensions increased from 75,393 in 2018 to 77,645 in 2019.
An increased rate of charges or suspensions does not directly translate to an increased number of impaired drivers, particularly when you factor in new laws.
This increase in charges in 2019 is likely largely due to the introduction of mandatory alcohol screening. This measure is something that MADD Canada had been calling on lawmakers to introduce for nearly a decade, and we are pleased to see it in place and working so effectively.
Even knowing this increase largely points to the effectiveness of the new mandatory alcohol screening law, it is still disappointing that Canadians continue to disregard the law.
Everyone knows impaired driving is illegal. Everyone knows it is dangerous. Everyone knows that it kills and injures innocent Canadians.
It is unbelievable to us, and absolutely tragic, that anyone takes this chance with their own life or the lives of others.
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