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Alberta’s approach to impaired driving

Facts and Stats

Who

  • As the severity of the collision increases, so does the likelihood that the collision involved a drinking driver.
  • On average in Alberta, one in five drivers involved in fatal collisions had been drinking prior to the collision (2009-2013) 
  • According to statistics, males between 18 and 21 years of age are most likely to have been drinking before a collision.

When

  • The highest number of casualty collisions involving alcohol occur from May to October.
  • Most casualty collisions involving alcohol occur on the weekends.
  • The most likely time for these collisions is between 11 p.m. and 3 a.m.
  • Drinking and driving collisions are often associated with long weekends.

Suspensions and Convictions

Over the last five years, there have been 42,913 criminal convictions for impaired driving in Alberta (April 1, 2009 - March 31, 2014).

Deaths and Injuries

Drinking and driving imposes enormous costs on our society. The greatest impact of drinking and driving is the victims:

  • From 2009 to 2013, 444 people were killed and 6,649 people were injured in alcohol-related collisions.
  • In 2013 alone, 80 people were killed and 1,133 were injured.