Impaired driving is a serious crime that poses a significant threat to public safety. Impaired driving means operating a motor vehicle while one’s ability to do so is affected by alcohol, legal or illegal drugs, or a combination of alcohol and drugs.
In 2017, police reports indicated that more than 69,000 impaired driving incidents occurred in Canada that year. Of the 69,000 incidents reported, almost 3,500 involved drug impairment. Transport Canada estimates that, on average, 1074 Canadians are killed annually in impairment-related crashes. It is the leading criminal cause of death and injury in the nation.