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Impaired Driving

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​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: