27 Jan Saskatchewan Residents in Support of New Impaired Driving Laws
PRESS RELEASE: January 27th, 2017
In a recent independent poll conducted by Insightrix Research Inc., 84% of Saskatchewan residents report they are aware that changes to impaired driving laws have taken place in Saskatchewan this year.
When specifically prompted with the following two impaired driving laws that took effect on January 1st, 2017, claimed awareness for each is high.
Support & Impact of Law Changes
A large majority say they support the two new impaired driving laws, although more are in favour of the law related to zero tolerance.
Men are less likely to support the law related to 3 day vehicle seizures for BAC of 0.04% than women (70% strongly or somewhat support vs. 86%, respectively). Those of Indigenous ancestry are also more supportive of this law than those of non-Indigenous ancestry (89% vs. 77%). Support for the zero tolerance law is strong among both those between the ages of 18 and 21 (82%) and older residents (93%).
Strong majorities believe the two new laws will make Saskatchewan roads at least somewhat safer, especially the addition of zero tolerance for all drivers aged 21 years and younger.
Men are less likely to believe the 3 day vehicle seizure for BAC of 0.04% law will make roads somewhat or a lot safer (65% vs. 80% among women). Of interest, residents between the age of 18 and 34 are notably more likely to believe the zero tolerance law will make roads a lot safer than their older counterparts (43% vs. 32%).
When asked if the new 3 day vehicle seizure for BAC of 0.04% law would impact one’s behaviour, more than four in ten say it would not. However, a sizeable proportion (35%) say the new law will have some or a lot of impact on their own personal behaviour.
Claimed impact this new law will have on personal behaviour (some or a lot) is highest among younger residents and declines with age (42% among 18 to 34 year olds vs. 31% among those aged 55 years or older).
A total of 801 randomly selected SaskWatch Research® panel members participated in the online research study on January 10th through 12th, 2017. Quotas were set by age, gender, and region to match the general population of the province. Since the research is conducted online, it is considered to be a non-probability proportion sample and therefore, margins of error are not applicable.
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