The Road Safety Monitor – Drinking and Driving


The Road Safety Monitor (RSM) is a unique, annual public opinion survey that takes the pulse of the nation on key traffic safety issues and tracks changes in opinions, attitudes and behaviours of Canadians by means of an on-line survey of a random, representative sample of Canadian drivers. RSM results are strongly correlated with fatality data and can therefore be used as an early warning/surveillance system.

In 2020, polling data indicate 7.5% of Canadian drivers admitted driving when they thought they were over the legal limit in the past 12 months compared to 8.6% in 2019, representing a 12.8% decrease. But, while fewer Canadians self-report this behaviour in 2020, it remains to be seen whether this decrease is a result of lower traffic volumes due to COVID-19 or whether this signals the beginning of an overall downward trend in drinking and driving. Of concern, the percentage of drivers admitting this remains among the highest reported rates since 2004.

The Traffic Injury Research Foundation, with the ongoing support of sponsors, will continue to monitor trends and perceptions about drinking and driving in Canada in order to effectively inform drunk driving countermeasures.

Please see individual RSMs for sponsors


Project Status: Ongoing

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