Almost half of impaired crash deaths are innocent

Remigio Civitarese
Novembre 24, 2017

OPP say almost half of the people killed in impaired driving crashes over the past 15 years were not the impaired driver.

Police point-out that from 464 or 47% - of these individuals were "who are the innocent victims", as the other 523 have been the actual at-fault drunk motorist.

So far this year, 37 people, 19 of whom were not the driver, have died in collisions linked to an alcohol or drug-impaired driver on OPP-patrolled roads.

This year marks the fourth in a row to see a higher number of innocent people killed than impaired drivers who caused the collision.

The annual R.I.D.E. campaign gets underway this week.

They say 987 people have died in alcohol or drug-related collisions on OPP-patrolled roads since 2003. If you are out with someone who is impaired and about to drive, present them with an alternative.

"As challenging as it can be to report a friend or acquaintance to law enforcement, coping with your decision not to, is way worse should that motorist kill somebody or even themselves in a collision", Blair explained Thursday inside a report.

Marie-France Lalonde, minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services, said it's important to plan ahead.

As of October 2, 2016, Ontario legislation carries penalties for drug-impaired driving that match those already in place for alcohol-impaired drivers.

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