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 2016, the most recent year for which data are available, 480 Canadians were killed in road crashes involving a drinking driver, a 55% decrease from 1,057 in 1995. These fatalities occurred within 12 months of crashes on public roadways across the country (excluding British Columbia). Despite this substantial decrease, there have been two consecutive increases in fatalities in recent years, from 429 to 446 in 2015 and to 480 in 2016.

Despite progress since 1995, the two consecutive increases in the number of fatalities in the last two years is concerning. While the 480 deaths recorded in 2016 is much lower than years prior to 2014, self-reported data on drinking and driving when potentially over the legal limit from 2017 forward indicate that this number might increase.

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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