Statistics for Road Deaths in Bermuda
The vast majority of the deaths which occur on Bermuda's roads involve alcohol or drugs.
In 2015, 1 person died on Bermuda's roads ( As of January 2, 2015 )
In 2014, 15 people died on Bermuda's roads
In 2013, 9 people died on Bermuda's roads
In 2012, 9 people died on Bermuda's roads
In 2011, 9 people died on Bermuda's roads
In 2010, 13 people died on Bermuda's roads
In 2009, 13 people died on Bermuda's roads
In 2008, 17 people died on Bermuda's roads
In 2007, 11 people died on Bermuda's roads
In 2006, 14 people died on Bermuda's roads
In 2005, 13 people died on Bermuda's roads
In 2004, 7 people died on Bermuda's roads
In 2003, 10 people died on Bermuda's roads
In 2002, 3 people died on Bermuda's roads
In 2001, 11 people died on Bermuda's roads
In 2000, 6 people died on Bermuda's roads
To view the names of those who have died on our roads click here
According to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development – OECD, Bermuda has one of the highest rates of road fatalities – 20 per 100,000. The OECD average is 9.6 per 100,000. From the year 2000 to 2012 135 people died on Bermuda's roads. It is CADA's view that Sobriety Checkpoints are needed in Bermuda to reduce the high number of alcohol related road fatalities and road collisions, when Non-Selective Sobriety Checkpoints have been introduced in other jurisdictions, such as Ireland and Australia to name only a few, there has been a marked reduction in the number of deaths and road collisions. CADA will continue to lobby for legislation to give the police the power to carry out Non-Selective Sobriety Checkpoints
If you plan to consume alcohol, put a plan in place to get home safely. Put this plan in place before you leave home.
Put the phone numbers of cab drivers you know into your cell phone and when you are ready to go home call them. Or, before you go out arrange for a cab driver to collect you from an agreed place at an agreed time.
Or, take the bus.
Or, arrange for someone in your party who is not drinking to be your designated driver.
Remember ABCD – Always use Bus, Cab or Designated Driver.
The number of road traffic collisions over the last 5 years, from 2008 to 2012, has decreased. In 2008 there were 2,458 collisions, in 2009 there were 2,156 collisions, in 2010, 2,211 collisions, in 2011, 1,956 and in 2012 1,837.
Regarding the number of road traffic deaths, while even one death is too many, the numbers of road traffic deaths are showing downward trends ---- In 2008 there were 17 deaths. In 2009 and 2010 there were 13 deaths each year and in 2011 and 2012 there were 9 road traffic deaths each year. These are promising downward trends
The 2011 Health Survey of Adults in Bermuda showed the following in regards to drinking and driving see page 90 of this Survey --- 2011 Health Survey of Adults in Bermuda respondents were asked how many times in the past 30 days they had driven or ridden a motor vehicle after consuming two or more alcoholic drinks. The majority of respondents (88.6%) had not consumed more than two alcoholic drinks before driving, 8.0% said one to three times, and 3.4% said four or more times. Age was a factor in drinking and driving; 12.9% of those aged 18 to 34 said they had driven after consuming two or more alcoholic drinks one to three times and a further 8.8% said they had done so four or more times in the past 30 days. Asian and other races were more likely to drink and drive one to three times (10.5%) and four or more times (7.9%) than other races. Respondents from single parent households were more likely to drink and drive one to three times (10.2%) and four or more times (6.8%), compared to other household types. See full Survey, pages 84 to 91
The Department for National Drug Control issued a statement in their January 2010 Report on Persons Arrested on Suspicion of Drunk Driving saying "There is a continued need for legislation mandating breath screening at certain designated checkpoints across the island during certain time periods based on the fact that less than 22% of those that actually get breath tested pass the test."
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