ABBOTSFORD Police say that although 50.51 % of the city’s drivers are male and 49.44 % are female (ICBC statistics as of September 30, 2013), the males are by far the worst traffic offenders.
When it comes to distracted driving, 67.26 % of the ticketed offenders are male, compared to 32.74 % female.
With impaired driving, 84.36 % of offenders are men, compared to just 15.64 % women.
Of drivers who speed, 66.32 % are men and 33.68 % are women.
Impaired driving, distracted driving and speeding are the top three causes of injury and death on our roads, and clearly our data shows that men are engaging in these kinds of behavior more than women.
What is also compelling is that these statistics remain disproportionate through various age brackets. Men in their 30s and men in their 70s outpace their female counterparts. Overall, men have received 70.77 % of the violation tickets issued to drivers by Abbotsford Police, compared to 29.23 % received by women (data 2010 to present).
Cst. Ian MacDonald said: “We offer these statistics not to suggest that women are better drivers, although we do anticipate some healthy debate concerning this and other road safety issues. Instead, we hope these statistics challenge all drivers to review and reflect on their driving behaviour. The truth is that we all can do better.”