New Brunswick

Impaired driving rate remains higher than Canadian average

New Brunswick's rate of impaired driving incidcents has fallen significantly sincen 2008 but it still remains higher than the Canadian average.

New Brunswick's impaired driving statistics are the lowest in Atlantic Canada

New Brunswick’s rate of impaired driving incidents has fallen drastically since 2008 but it still remains higher than the Canadian average.

Statistics Canada released new data this week showing police-reported impaired driving incidents from 2001 to 2011.

The Canadian average of impaired driving accidents per 100,000 people is 261.8, which is an increase of two per cent from 2010.

Statistics Canada reports this represents the fourth increase in the impaired-driving rate in the last five years.

In 2011, New Brunswick’s average was 295.5, according to the national agency. The rate hit a peak of 363.98 incidents per 100,000 people in 2008.

An RCMP officer performs a breathalyzer test on a driver during a roadside check in Surrey, B.C., in 2010. New Statistics Canada data show New Brunswick's rate of impaired driving incidents is higher than the national average. (Darryl Dyck/Canadian Press)

Ontario and Quebec have the lowest rates of impaired driving.

Meanwhile, 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.

New Brunswick’s impaired driving rate, however, is the lowest in Atlantic Canada, and the third lowest in the country.

Prince Edward Island has a rate of 492.96 followed by Newfoundland and Labrador’s 361.14 and Nova Scotia’s 327.57.