Many drivers and educators refuse to discuss crash rates, injury or death related to driving. However, I believe an awareness of the fatalities statistics is valuable to help one be aware of higher risk errors or behaviours.
The following information comes from a study of 4587 drivers who died in Canada from 2011 to 2015. produced by, Source: TIRF National Fatality Database 2018.
What are the main issues that put these individuals in jeopardy?
- 1 of 4 drivers were speeding
- 1 in 3 drivers killed on Saturday or Sunday
- 1 in 5 drivers killed in weekday crashes
- More than 1 in 4 male drivers were speeding
- 1 in 6 female drivers was speeding
- 1 in 3 drivers tested positive for alcohol
- 2 in 5 drivers tested positive for drugs
- 1 in 5 drivers tested positive for cannabis
- 1 in 6 were distracted
- 1 in 6 in multi-vehicle crashes
- 1 in 10 in single vehicle crashes
- 1 in 3 not wearing seatbelts
- 1 in 3 males did not wear seatbelts
- 1 in 4 females did not wear seatbelts
- running red lights
- street racing
- excessive speeding
- swearing (i think the study means to say swerving)
- using the horn when annoyed
- taking risk