People who drink and drive make the choice to do so for different reasons. They might just want to have a hassle free ride home after a night out, or they don’t want to leave their vehicle parked in an empty parking lot overnight in case it gets vandalized or towed away. But no matter what the reason behind the decision, one of the general mindsets for people who do drink and drive is that it’s a solo act and a solo choice, with just you, your car, and the open road in front of you.
If you’re one of the many who don’t think drunk driving involves anyone other than you, you might want to try to argue that line of thinking with a 9 year old Toronto boy who had to make a hard choice of his own after his own mother made the wrong one.
Just after 4:30 pm on a Wednesday afternoon, a 911 dispatcher in Toronto received a call that was nothing but dead air. When the dispatcher called the phone back, a young boy answered. He told them that he was in a van being driven by his mother, and she was drinking while she was behind the wheel.
Although the mom took the phone and told police she only had one drink, they tracked her down north of Toronto and stopped her on suspicion of impaired driving. Turns out she had a blood alcohol concentration of more than twice the legal limit of .08 and she’s now been arrested for impaired driving in Ontario.
Thankfully the 9 year old knew what most people know: drunk driving is wrong. With so many PSAs, media blasts, and anti-drinking and driving campaigns online, this is something his mother should have known too. You might think it’s a solo decision and no one will ever know you decided to drink and drive, but you never know who is going to call you in for doing the wrong thing.