SGI: impaired driving deaths increased in 2016

Published: October 30, 2017

Updated: July 24, 2018

Author: Luke Jones

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Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) has released its yearly statistics for impaired driving within the province. The public Crown corporation says year-on-year deaths from impaired driving increased in 2016 compared to 2015.

SGI reports a total of 57 people died in Saskatchewan due to impaired drivers in 2016, up from 54 fatalities through 2015. In terms of locations, 29 of the deaths happened on provincial highways, 15 on rural roads, seven on urban streets, and a further six on First Nation roads.

According to a report from CBC, Saskatchewan has the highest impaired driving rate in Canada, with 46% of all collisions caused by alcohol. Similarly, 37% of fatalities on urban streets were caused by impaired driving, with 40% on provincial highways. 58% of traffic deaths on rural roads were alcohol-related, and 86% on First Nation roads.

37 of the deaths were drivers, with 11 passenger fatalities and nine were pedestrians. SGI says the 16-21 demographic is the most at risk from impaired driving collisions. This age group makes up just nine per cent of all drivers in Saskatchewan, but are involved in 19% of all collisions.

The weekend is the time when most collisions occur, which is hardly a surprise when it comes to alcohol-related accidents.