Impaired driving means operating a motor vehicle while your ability to drive is impaired by alcohol, drugs or a combination of both. Impaired driving is a serious crime under the
Criminal Code in Canada and throughout the world.
Why impaired driving is a concern
Driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs remains a major contributor to fatal road crashes in Canada.
In the 10-year period from 2000 through 2009, 8,431 people died on Canadian roads in crashes involving a drinking driver (data from the Traffic Injury Research Foundation, the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators and Transport Canada).
Drug impaired driving is increasing as a safety problem. In 2010, nearly as many drivers died in road crashes after using drugs (34.2%) as those who had been drinking (39.1%).
Young people continue to be the largest group of drivers who die in crashes and test positive for alcohol or drugs.
Addressing impaired driving in Canada
Impaired driving was identified in 2008 as a new focus area under the
National Framework for Action to Reduce the Harms Associated with Alcohol and Other Drugs and Substances in Canada.
CCSA has recently focussed on addressing alcohol- and drug-impaired driving by investigating: