Over the last few weeks we’ve been talking about new drivers, distracted drivers and road safety of all kinds. This week I want to share some statistics with you that I found a bit surprising. For the moment know that we are talking about Alberta statistics, only because they are the most recent available, 2014. However, looking back historically at Ontario and other provinces, the data is very similar. So, let’s not get caught up on the location, but move forward with the understanding that Canadian drivers in general just need to do better.
Let’s start with the big one 144,740. That’s the number of collisions in Alberta in 2014. With just over 3 million licensed drivers maybe that number doesn’t sound so terrible, but it does equate to one collision for approximately every 20 drivers. A little high if you ask me. Look a little closer at what makes up that number and here is what those statistics tell us.
- Impaired Driving…
It’s still happening! In 2014, 804 people had consumed alcohol and killed or injured someone behind the wheel. That number accounts for just those collisions where people were killed or injured. Numbers on collisions with property damage only were not readily available AND that also doesn’t account for those under the influence of a substance other than alcohol. The real stat is considerably higher.According to MADD Canada, on average, four Canadians are killed and 175 are injured in impairment-related crashes EVERY DAY. And if you think it’s just the late night party crowd making the rest of us look bad, you’re wrong. Prime time for impaired drivers starts at noon.It’s not worth the risk.A driver with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) between .05 and .08 will face a three-day license suspension and a three-day vehicle seizure. Drivers with BAC over .08 are considered legally impaired and will be charged under the criminal code, with license suspension and vehicle seizure. These are the immediate legal ramifications; the outcome could be far worse if you injure or kill someone while driving impaired.Have a plan. Designate a driver, call a cab or driving service, call a friend or spend the night. Be smart.
- Seat Belts…
Some people still aren’t wearing them. How is this possible? These safety restraints save lives – that’s a fact. Drivers and passengers involved in collisions who were wearing seat belts had a much lower injury and fatality rate, just seven percent compared to 30 percent for those who chose not to wear one.This one is an easy fix. Take the extra 15 seconds to put on your seat belt! Even if you’re just headed down the block, around the corner or wherever it is you think it will never happen. A split second is all it takes for a collision to occur, be prepared.
- Collision Prime Time…
Of course it goes without saying that you should be aware and cautious anytime you get on the road, but do you know when most collisions occurred in 2014? It seems that Friday is the most popular day of the week for a crash, and the evening rush hour accounts for nearly 30 percent of all collisions, followed closely by the mid-day drive accounting for an additional 25 percent.Are we getting tired as the day wears on? Is it the way the sun hits the windshield as it starts to set? Or are we simply rushing to get on with the next thing on our agenda? Any combination of these factors could be the answer. Now that you know, stay sharp and make an extra effort to make the drive home a little safer.
A Few Other Interesting Facts…
- Male drivers accounted for 60% of collisions (I’m not stirring the pot with this one, simply stating a fact)
- Drivers between the ages of 25 and 34 are the age group responsible for the largest total collisions, coming in at close to 6,000.
- And, the biggest cause of collisions at 32% was following to closely
With a little understanding we can each actively choose to make some simple changes to avoid becoming one of those statistics.
Sources and Resources – A Little Extra Info if You Are Interested
- MADD – Alberta’s Drinking and Driving Statistics
- Alberta Traffic Collision Statistics 2014
- Ontario Road Safety Annual Report 2013
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