driving continues to be a leading contributor to fatalities
and serious injuries on Canadian roads. In 1999, the latest
year for which national data is available, 33% of all fatally
injured drivers had been drinking. Almost 20% of drivers were
in serious injury crashes that involved alcohol.
the Council of Ministers Responsible for Transportation and
Highway Safety directed CCMTA to proceed with programs to reduce
by 20% the number of traffic fatalities involving impaired drivers
by the year 1995 and in doing so approved the resulting Strategy
to Reduce Impaired Driving (STRID).
each jurisdiction was encouraged to develop a four-year plan;
establish a central coordinating agency; establish an inter-agency
committee; coordinate enforcement and awareness programs; develop
and implement mandatory treatment programs; and implement a
new legislative initiative by the end of 1993. Very few jurisdictions
were able to implement these recommended programs by the suggested
date and no improvements were observed in the incidence of impaired
driving and its consequences during this period.
the program was extended and STRID 2001 was formulated with
the goal of reducing the per cent of fatalities and serious
injuries involving drinking drivers by 20% by the year 2001.
This goal was incorporated into Canada's Road Safety Vision
2001 which was adopted by CCMTA and subsequently endorsed
by the Council of Ministers Responsible for Transportation and
has officially come to an end, however the alcohol-crash problem,
remains significant. It was determined by CCMTA and the Council
of Ministers in October 2000, that there was a need to continue
and build on the experience and lessons learned from the two
national Road Safety Vision 2010 a new STRID strategy
and target has been developed which aims to:
the number of injuries and deaths due to impaired driving is
a key initiative to help achieve STRID's 2010 targets
and also the overall targets set in Road Safety Vision 2010.