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Calgary has half as many drunk driving cases as Edmonton: Stats Canada

Lethbridge police charged eight people with impaired driving during the first two days of their Christmas Checkstop Campaign. (December 2016).
Lethbridge police charged eight people with impaired driving during the first two days of their Christmas Checkstop Campaign. (December 2016). Sarah Komadina/Global News

Statistics Canada has released a report looking at the number of police-reported impaired driving incidents in 2015.

The province of Alberta has the second-highest number of incidents in the country, second to Saskatchewan,  with more cases in Edmonton than Calgary.

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Overall there were over 72,000 incidents across the country last year; 3,000 of which involved drug-impaired driving.

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By the Numbers

The data was organized as the rate of police-reported impaired driving incidents, by census metropolitan area (CMA), for 2015.

Saskatchewan had 575 incidents per 100,000 population, Alberta recorded 314. The city of Edmonton came in with 226 incidents compared to Calgary’s 132.

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The numbers showed more people are driving impaired in rural areas compared to urban centres with a population over 100,000. More incidents of drug-impaired driving occur in the Atlantic provinces. Nearly half of all cases of impaired driving occurred on the weekends and between the hours of 11 p.m. and 4 a.m.

For the full report click here.

Editor’s note: Calgary police could not speak to why the number of incidents in Edmonton was higher than Calgary. i.e. whether Edmonton had more resources to catch impaired drivers; a way to compare public education and awareness campaigns or whether there are simply more impaired drivers in that city.

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