According to the 2015 (OSDUHS), more than one-in-ten (14% (12.0%, 15.7%)) Simcoe Muskoka students in grades 7 to 12 reported riding as a passenger in a vehicle driven by someone who had been drinking alcohol. This was similar to what was reported for the province overall, where 15% (14.1%, 16.7%) of students (grades 7-12) reported riding as a passenger in a vehicle driven by someone who had been drinking alcohol.
Riding as a passenger with someone that has been drinking alcohol was significantly higher among students that reported fair or poor mental health, when compared to those with excellent to good self-reported mental health. This was true both for Simcoe Muskoka and Ontario as a whole.
In 2015, among Simcoe Muskoka students with a G-Class driver’s license, virtually all (98% (96.0%, 99.2%)), reported NOT driving a vehicle within an hour of consuming two or more drinks of alcohol in the past year. This was significantly higher than the 95% (93.2%, 96.3%) of Ontario youth drivers that reported NOT drinking and driving in the past year.
The provincial trend for students that reported drinking and driving in the previous year had been relatively stable between 1999 and 2009 before decreasing significantly in both the 2011 and 2013 survey years. The 2015 estimate for drinking and driving among Ontario students was not significantly different from the 2011 or 2013 estimates.