According to Waterloo police, a suspected impaired driver caused a collision at 4:30 pm on a Sunday and then left the scene. Moments later, that same vehicle crashed into another vehicle not far from the first crash. The driver left the scene of the crash again, moving on to a third crash, this time head-on into another vehicle and causing damage to three other vehicles. A bystander kept the driver at the scene, and police arrested him for dangerous driving, impaired driving, and leaving the scene of a crash.
A night like this is the exception and not the rule for Ontario police, because when it comes to the safest roads you can drive on, Ontario’s highways and city streets are at the top of the list. The Government of Ontario publishes an annual report that highlights traffic safety data, and according to the most recent data from 2010 and 2011 there was a steady decline in the traffic crash fatality rate, the number of people killed from speed related crashes, and the number of impaired driving fatalities overall.
Now, 3 years after the reports were published, the impaired driving fatalities and alcohol-related crashes in the province are still declining, and it’s due in part to Ontario adopting strict impaired driving laws and an ignition interlock program in 2010.
It’s unfortunate that people are still making the choice to drive while impaired, but despite this situation where an impaired driver causes three crashes in under 10 minutes, the overall news is good for Ontario. Until the time comes when drunk driving is a thing of the past, a steady decline in alcohol-related crashes is the best thing to shoot for.