April 2010

TIRF releases alcohol-crash report

A new report prepared by the Traffic Injury Research Foundation, The Alcohol Crash Problem in Canada: 2007, has just been released by the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators.

You can download the report for free at the TIRF website. The report describes the magnitude, characteristics and trends of the alcohol-crash problem in Canada during 2007. See the highlights below.

Here are selected highlights from the report:

  • 3,045 persons died in motor vehicle crashes in Canada during 2007.
  • Of the people who died who were tested for alcohol (90%), 37% of those had drunk alcohol, with 20-25-year-olds accounting for the highest proportion, at 52%.
  • Of all the people who died in alcohol-related crashes, 80% were males.
  • Of those fatally injured drivers who were tested and found to have alcohol in their bloodstream, 81% had illegal blood-alcohol concentrations exceeding 80 mg%. 
  • Similar numbers were found for pedestrians who were hit and killed by motor vehicles in 2007. Of those tested, 39% had been drinking and of those, 82% had readings over 80 mg%. The largest proportion of these were aged 20-25 years. 

For the full report, see the TIRF website

Updated April 21, 2010