Road Safety

Facts and Statistics

  • In 2013, licensed drivers under the age of 25 made up 14 per cent of licensed drivers but accounted for 29 per cent of all impaired driving convictions.1
  • Licensed drivers aged 25-44 years represent 34 per cent of drivers on Manitoba roadways, but accounted for 51 per cent of all alcohol impaired driving convictions.1
  • Alcohol-related impaired driving convictions declined by nearly 39 per cent1 since 1993, thanks in part to increased awareness and educational campaigns. Across all age groups:
    • Under 25 years of age, convictions declined by 33 per cent
    • 25 to 44 years of age, convictions declined by 45 per cent
    • 45 to 64 years of age, convictions declined by 22 per cent
    • 65 years of age and older, convictions declined by 54 per cent

In the Traffic Injury Research Foundation (TIRF) report Alcohol-Crash Problem in Canada: 2010, four in ten fatally injured drivers in Manitoba in 2010 had been drinking. Among the fatally injured drinking drivers:

  • over three quarters of these drivers had an illegal blood alcohol level at the time of the collision
  • males accounted for 93 per cent of all of the fatally injured drivers who were legally impaired

The chart below shows the involvement rates of the drinking drivers who were fatally injured in our province for 2010.2

The following chart shows the number and percentage of people who died in crashes involving a drinking driver from 1995 to 2010.2

Results from the National Survey on Impaired Driving (TIRF: Road Safety Monitor 2014)

  • In 2014, Canadians continue to say they are concerned about drinking and driving, rating it as one of their highest concerns among a list of societal issues explored. 73.1 per cent of Canadians saying it is a very or extremely serious problem (versus 81.5 per cent in 2012).
  • In 2014, 17.4 per cent of Canadian drivers report driving a vehicle after consuming alcohol in the past 30 days, up slightly from 17.3 per cent in 2012.
  • In 2014, 6.6 per cent of Canadian drivers admitted to driving at some time during the past year when they thought they were over the legal limit (up from 3.6 per cent in 2012). Reasons for this increase are not immediately apparent but this trend may be cause for concern and will require further monitoring.

1 Source: 2014 Traffic Collision Statistics Report, Manitoba Public Insurance
2 Source: 2010 Alcohol-Crash Problem in Canada