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In south-central Ontario, Oshawa, Hamilton worst for drunk driving

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Three postal codes in Northwestern Ontario have Ontario’s worst drunk driving rates, data shows. The area west of Kenora to the Manitoba border and a vast region taking in the northwestern corner of the province have rates more than a hundred times the provincial average.

An all-Ontario top 10 list also takes in two neighbourhoods in Thunder Bay, Manitoulin Island, Renfrew, and areas of Cornwall and Welland.

Looking only at south-central Ontario, two postal codes in each of Hamilton and Oshawa make a top 10 list, as well as Orillia and the area around Shelburne, north of Oshawa.

Ontario’s lowest drunk driving rates are in the central north-south spine of Toronto, with several postal areas with over 2,000 drivers registering no impaired-driving convictions. Every Toronto subway or LRT station is in a postal code with drunk drving rates below the provincial average (although a large part of Markham also has very few drunk drivers).

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Using an access-to-information request, Global News obtained a file from the Ontario Ministry of Transportation showing the first three characters of the postal codes of Ontario residents convicted of impaired driving between June 2010 and June 2011. We also obtained the total number of drivers by postal area to establish a rate. The province-wide average was 1.7 per 1,000.

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