Impaired driving charges in Canada rise 2%
Number of deaths caused by impaired drivers falls to lowest in 25 years
Posted: Jan 10, 2013 4:26 PM NT
Last Updated: Jan 11, 2013 2:14 AM NT
Canadian police are catching more impaired drivers, with 90,000 caught in 2011, up 3,000 from the year before, Statistics Canada says.
The latest figures, released Thursday, show the rate of impaired driving was 262 per 100,000 population in 2011, up 2 per cent from the year before.
That marks the fourth increase in the impaired-driving rate in five years, Statistics Canada says.
Meanwhile, the rate of impaired driving resulting in deaths or injuries fell to its lowest level in 25 years.
There were 121 deaths related to impaired driving and 839 injuries.
Kelowna, St. John's had highest rates
The lowest rates of impaired driving were in Ontario and Quebec, with 130 and 211 incidents of impaired driving per 100,000 population last year.
Northwest Territories and Yukon territories had the highest rates of impaired driving, with 1,463 and 943 incidents per 100,000 population reported by police in 2011.
Among the provinces, Saskatchewan and Prince Edward Island had the highest rates, with 683 and 493 incidents respectively.
Kelowna and St. John's, among major metropolitan areas across the country, had the highest impaired-driving rates in 2011, statistics show.
The lowest rates were in Ottawa, London, Kingston, and Windsor, Statistics Canada said.
Jail sentences less common
Men accounted for 82 per cent of all those charged with driving under the influence in 2011, but, the overall impaired driving rate for males has been dropping for the past 25 years.
Women, however, make up an increasing portion of impaired drivers. Last year, females accounted for 18 per cent of impaired drivers, up from eight per cent 25 years ago.
While the overall number of impaired-driving cases reported by police are rising, the proportion of drivers going to jail is shrinking, Statistics Canada says.
In 2010 and 2011, Canadian courts saw more than 48,000 cases where impaired driving was the most serious offence. During that period, Statistics Canada says that overall the conviction rate for suspected impaired drivers was 84 per cent, compared with 64 per cent with cases in general.
Still, of those impaired-driving cases with a guilty conviction, roughly eight per cent resulted in a prison sentence, lower than the 14 per cent rate a decade earlier.
Latest Nfld. & Labrador News Headlines
- Deer Lake catches break over flood warning
- The weather co-operated this weekend with plans to release massive amounts of water from the dam at Deer Lake Power. more »
- Wharnsby: Colin Greening rescues Senators
- Forward Colin Greening's dramatic double-overtime winner against the Pittsburgh Penguins Sunday night saved the Ottawa Senators from a big series hole, writes CBCSports.ca's Tim Wharnsby. more »
- Cop assaulted while investigating assault
- A Royal Newfoundland Constabulary officer who responded to a complaint of assault in downtown St. John's Sunday wound up getting struck himself. more »
- On Point | Labrador byelection results and NAPE poll
- Liberal Yvonne Jones was the winner of the Labrador byelection last week, ousting Conservative incumbent Peter Penashue. more »
Top News Headlines
- Dellen Millard's farm near location of unknown remains
- Police searching the farm of Dellen Millard, the 27-year-old charged with first-degree murder after the remains of Ancaster, Ont., man Tim Bosma were discovered, have found other remains near the property, but it's unclear if they are human or animal. more »
- Can the Senate fire a senator?
- An expert on parliamentary rules says the Senate has the power to turf a senator from the chamber, as long as a majority approves the expulsion, and as long as there is cause. more »
- Nahlah Ayed: Vote-wary Iranians mull Ahmadinejad's successor
- Iranians go to the polls in less than four weeks to choose a new president. The reform movement is still smarting from its bitter defeat four years ago, but the jockeying for power is no less intense, Nahlah Ayed reports. more »
- Harper chief of staff resigns amid Senate expense scandal
- Nigel Wright has resigned as Prime Minister Stephen Harper's chief of staff, following revelations he wrote a $90,000 cheque to repay living expenses claimed by Senator Mike Duffy. more »
- Central Newfoundland digs out from freak snowfall
- Multiple weekend thefts on Ropewalk Lane
- Arts council presents annual awards
- Gros Morne fracking issue causing significant reaction
- Composting project expands in Grand Bank
- Stay clear of flooding sites, mayor says
- Gushue | Why the loss of Ray Guy has meant so much
- Police investigating vehicle accident near Lewisporte
- Fracking may jeopardize Gros Morne UNESCO status