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Male drivers get 70% of tickets, say police

12/02/2013 03:30 EST | Updated 02/01/2014 05:59 EST
Male drivers are responsible for the vast majority of driving violations, including speeding, distracted driving and impaired driving, according to some numbers released by police in Abbotsford, B.C., on Monday.

Const. Ian MacDonald says that, overall, men make up about 51 per cent of drivers in B.C., but they are responsible for 70 per cent of all violation tickets issued by Abbotsford police over the last three years.

Male drivers received:

- 56 per cent of tickets for speeding in school zones.

- 66 per cent of speeding violations.

- 67 per cent of distracted driving violations.

- 80 per cent of seat belt violations.

- 84 per cent of impaired driving violations.

"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 behaviours 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."

MacDonald says he is not trying to suggest that woman are better drivers, but he does expect the statistic will stir some health debate on the issue.

"I had one officer say, 'Well the reason for this is that when it comes to our family, although we both work, I tend to drive more for social occasions — that sort of thing.'"

"So I responded, maybe he shouldn't," said MacDonald.

"Sometimes it's the most obvious that you need to confront people with when you are hoping to change behaviours."

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