Here are 3 rules for safe driving on the Trans-Canada Highway:
- Don’t drive drunk
- Don’t try to outrun the police
- If you’re driving a backhoe drunk, see rule 2.
Thomas Chiasson isn’t much for rules, it seems. The Alberta man was arrested last week after a police chase near Frederickton, New Brunswick. It wasn’t exactly a Bullitt-quality chase, as Mr. Chiasson was on a backhoe at the time. While drunk, he liberated the vehicle and began to drive it away, sideswiping guardrails at intervals during his drive.
The Criminal Code of Canada defines Impaired Driving as operating “motor vehicle, vessel, aircraft or railway equipment” while the person ability is impaired by alcohol or a drug.
That means you can get a backhoe DUI. That also applies to a digger, tractor, locomotive, or just about anything else with wheels and a motor.
Mr. Chiasson made another mistake during his arrest: he refused a breathalyzer. This is an offense under section 254(5) of the Code.
News items about DUIs on Zambonis and the like are amusing, but the consequences can be terrifying: in this case, the backhoe could have veered out of the lane and collided with a fast-moving car.
So, when we’re through chuckling about this unlikely event, let’s take away the lesson: driving any vehicle is dangerous if you’re impaired.