Impaired driving convictions have fallen steadily since 1989 but the trends are complex.

January 23, 2014, Kitchener, Ontario

Posted by: Robert Deutschmann, Personal Injury Lawyer

PEI recently released their statistics for impaired driving and the numbers look optimistic. The overall impaired driving convictions show that total convictions have dropped by almost 30 percent in 24 years. Similar trends are found across Canada. The details become a bit murky though.

We've known for some time that repeat offenders are not discouraged by tougher legislation and sentences, and often continue to drive without licences and insurance. Ignition interlocks have been tried, and insurance rates skyrocket for people with conviction. Across Canada law enforcement and legislators have experimented with requiring offenders to attend treatment centres, education courses, and custodial sentences. When we hear of people who have 10 or more convictions it seems there is little hope of stopping them.

The work of police in catching offenders continues to be a challenge with the advent of services like Twitter that allow people to immediately communicate the location of RIDE stops and police. The continued education of new drivers will help to keep drinking and driving from becoming an acceptable practice.

Impaired driving continues to be a leading cause of injury and death in car accidents.

 

Posted under Personal Injury, Car Accidents, Concussion Syndrome, Drunk Driving Accidents, Paraplegia, Spinal Cord Injury, Treatment

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