Alcohol, young drivers create carnage in June
Mark Kennedy CanWest News Service Thursday, June 23, 2005
OTTAWA -- Despite intensive public-education campaigns about the dangers of drunk driving, Canadian youths are still much more likely than older drivers to be involved in an alcohol-related car accident, a report released Wednesday revealed.
The report, by the Canadian Institute for Health Information, contains disturbing data about how drinking and driving persists among young people -- particularly in June -- and can lead to death or severe injuries.
AMONG THE FINDINGS:
- More than 30 per cent of alcohol-related motor vehicle collisions in Canada in 2002-03 involved people under the age of 25. That figure is disproportionately high, considering only five per cent of licensed drivers were between the ages of 16 and 24.
- Of all deaths involving Canadian drivers who were drunk, 43 per cent were under the age of 25.
- Between 2000-01 and 2002-03, 144 youths who had driven while impaired died in hospital after sustaining major injuries in a crash.
- The number of drunk-driving youths seriously injured in accidents rose from 237 in 2001-01 to 267 in 2001-02, but dipped to 250 in 2002-03.
- Most of the crashes involving youths occurred on the weekends (77 per cent) and at night (72 per cent).
- The peak period for the accidents is in June, when youths are just finishing their school year and many are celebrating at graduations, proms and parties.
"This should be a time when young Canadians are celebrating their accomplishments," CIHI manager of clinical registries Margaret Keresteci said in an interview Wednesday. "But unfortunately, what our data shows is that it can also be a very dangerous time for them."
Keresteci said it's "astonishing" youths constitute such a high proportion of drivers who lose their lives because they are drunk at the wheel. Moreover, she said the report's figures on injuries are disturbing because -- far from compiling statistics about minor cuts and bruises -- they only document the extent of traumatic injuries.
© Times Colonist (Victoria) 2005
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06-23-2005, 03:23 PM #1
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Sadly this is a trend that extends well outside Canada.We've seen a marked increase of chemical ingnorance here in the States as well.Find a way to make a difference,no matter how small. T. C.
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