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

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