Statistics tell sobering story: don’t drink and drive

In Manitoba, one in three of all fatal collisions involve some form of impairment. With the Victoria Day long weekend now upon us, Manitoba Public Insurance is reminding Manitobans about the dangers of impaired driving.

“Innocent lives are being put at risk due to people who continue to drink and drive,” said MaryAnn Kempe, Vice-President, Community & Corporate Relations, Manitoba Public Insurance. “Road safety should be a priority this Victoria Day long weekend.

“There will be heavier traffic than normal on our roadways,” said Kempe. “We also know that people will consume alcohol during the long weekend. If people know they are going out drinking, they need to have a good plan before they head out. Drinking and driving should never be an option.”

Sobering Facts and Stats:

  • According to a recent Transport Canada report, impaired driving claims more victims than homicide.
  • On average, one person is killed and about 100 injured over the Victoria Day long weekend in Manitoba.
  • Drivers under the age of 25 have twice the rate of involvement in impaired collisions compared to all other drivers in Manitoba.
  • A driver will move down five levels on their Driver Safety Rating when receiving a roadside administrative suspension for driving with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) between .05 to .08 percent, or failing a physical coordination test.
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