Sask. drunk driving rates remain worst in Canada

By CKOM News Staff
December 14, 2016 - 1:56pm

Once again, Saskatchewan has Canada's worst drunk driving rate.

Statistics Canada released its annual report on impaired driving Wednesday.

Across the country, police reported dealing with 72,039 impaired driving incidents in 2015.

That translates to a national rate of 201 drivers charged per 100,000 people.

Saskatchewan came in with a rate of 575 incidents per 100,000 people – approaching three times the national rate.

It’s also nearly double the runner-up – Alberta – which has a rate of 314 people charged per 100,000 population.

Saskatchewan has shown the most difficulty getting drunk driving rates down.

Nationally, the impaired driving rate has fallen by 65 per cent, from 577 per 100,000 in 1986 to 201 per 100,000 in 2015.  Here, the rate has only come down by 37 per cent.

The Statistics Canada data also provides impaired rates for various Canadian cities.

St. John's, Nfld. has the worst rate among the country's larger centres. Regina had the third-highest rate and Saskatoon was sixth in the country. 

 

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