New poll finds Canadians taking more risks on the roads

After almost two years of dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, many Canadians are beginning to take more risks. Some are willing to socialize indoors, or to travel domestically or internationally. But unfortunately, many Canadians are also taking more risks when they get behind the wheel.
A new poll done by the Traffic Injury Research Foundation (TIRF) has found that the pandemic has negatively affected many Canadians’ attitudes and practices when it comes to road safety. The COVID-19 Road Safety Monitor 2021 | The Impact of the Pandemic on Road Safety & Mobility factsheet outlines TIRF’s findings related to issues such as speeding, distracted driving, alcohol- and drug-impaired driving, and seatbelt use.

Canadian drivers more like to speed during pandemic

TIRF found that Canadians were much more likely to take risks while driving in 2021, compared to before the pandemic. For example, 7.4% of those polled admitted that they were more likely to go over the speed limit by at least 20km/h during 2021, compared to just 5.5% the previous year. In addition, ten percent of drivers also reported having trouble focusing while driving during the pandemic.

But not only were drivers more distracted and likely to speed, they were also more likely to drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol in 2021 than before the pandemic. For example, in the Ottawa area, impaired driving charges were up almost 28% in 2021.

Taking risks on the road can end in tragedy
As provincial travel restrictions lift, many Canadians are driving more. But if drivers don’t follow the road safety rules, it can lead to needless tragedies—especially if they’re driving near railway tracks. Driving according to the speed limit and weather conditions, and knowing the railway warning signs and signals are important steps in ensuring you stay safe on the road. Check out our website for more helpful tips to keep you and your family rail-safe. And follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.