2015 Drinking and Driving Indicator Report

Purpose of the Health Indicator Report

To provide information on drinking and driving among drivers aged 18 and over living in Halton Region.

Background

Across Canada, drinking and driving is a serious crime. Drinking and driving can impair a driver in multiple ways such as reducing reaction times, blurring vision and slowing reflexes. In 2015, police reported 72,000 impaired driving incidents across Canada. Almost all of these police-reported impaired driving incidents involved alcohol (96%).

In Ontario and the rest of Canada, the maximum blood alcohol content (BAC) for fully licensed drivers is 80 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood (0.08). Driving with a BAC over 0.08 is a serious criminal offence, however, your BAC does not have to be over 0.08 to result in serious consequences. Driving with a BAC between 0.05 and 0.08 can also lead to provincial administrative penalties, such as a three-day roadside licence suspension and $180 fine. Additionally, all drivers aged 21 or under and novice drivers of any age must have a BAC of 0.00 or they can also face license suspension and fines. Drinking and driving endangers all drivers on the roads and puts you and all passengers at high risk of accident or death.

This Health Indicator Report uses data from the Rapid Risk Factor Surveillance System (RRFSS).

Key Findings

  • In 2014/15, 4.6% of Halton adults reported drinking and driving. There were no statistically significant changes in the percentage of Halton adults who reported drinking and driving from 2001 to 2015.