Over the past few months there have been some interesting impaired driving poll results coming out of Alberta and Saskatchewan, so it’s no surprise that a few people got together and decided it was time to see how all Canadians feel about impaired driving. The results might surprise you.
That’s why a survey on impaired driving in Canada was conducted by Ipsos for Global News. The survey took place between December 16th and December 19th, 2016, and one thousand Canadians formed part of the Ipsos online panel and were interviewed by them.
Here are a few findings from the Ipsos poll on impaired driving.
One quarter of Canadians admit they’ve been drunk while driving
Despite the fact that impaired driving is illegal in Canada, a quarter of the people polled admitted they’ve had too many drinks and still got behind the wheel. The fact that so many people are still driving drunk shows a lack of understanding over how dangerous drunk driving is.
Two out of ten Canadians feel comfortable driving after a few drinks
It’s hard to believe but two out of ten people admitted that they felt comfortable behind the wheel of a car, even if they were over the legal blood alcohol limit of 0.08.
What the respondents don’t realize is that it’s a false sense of comfort, because there’s scientific evidence that even one glass of beer, wine, or hard alcohol can have an affect on motor skills, vision, and coordination. That makes drinking and driving well below the legal limit dangerous, and when you’re over the legal limit? Drinking and driving can be lethal.
Half of the people responding feel like the legal blood alcohol limit is too low
Shocking but true: half of the people who took the survey felt the blood alcohol concentration (BAC) should be higher before people could be charged with impaired driving in Canada.
From that response it seems as though there are a lot of people on the roads who think that your driving skills would not be affected after possibly reaching BAC levels of 0.10 or higher.
Impaired driving? It’s fine: millennials believe they’re in control
Forty percent of millennials felt like it’s fine to have a few drinks and drive, even if you’re legally impaired. Most of them also felt as though it’s also fine to consume at least two and a half drinks before worrying about how your driving skills will be.
If it sounds crazy that young people are deciding for themselves when they’re OK to drink and drive and ignoring everything they’ve been taught since high school about drunk driving, you’re not alone. It’s even crazier when you realize that impaired driving and traffic crashes are some of the main causes of death for many young people in Canada.
As far as surveys go, this one had some pretty disturbing results. With the education available, PSA’s, ad campaigns, and harsh impaired driving penalties, you’d think that people would finally understand that drinking and driving can easily kill. Clearly there’s a message that people are missing, and that there’s a lot more work to do to fight impaired driving.