On its own, a glass of alcohol is innocent enough, and because it’s legal most people wouldn’t think twice about having a drink at home or with friends. But it doesn’t take much more than a few glasses of alcohol to impaired your judgement, and when you combine any kind of booze with a motor vehicle, it can have lethal consequences.
One man has learned that the hard way after he was involved in an Alberta drunk driving crash that came about because he was bar hopping. Michael Gress, from St.Alberta, Alberta, was out for the night and was hitting up several local bars. He went to one bar where he was cut off by the bartender, and instead of waiting for the cab that the staff called for him, he got behind the wheel of his car and drove away.
When he went to a second bar, he was refused service there too. That’s when he got behind the wheel of his car again and crashed into another vehicle while driving 147 km/hr. One of the passengers, a young father of two, was ejected from the vehicle and died. Several others were injured too, but Gress made the decision to flee the scene on foot. He was apprehended shortly after.
This wasn’t Gress’ first time in the court system. He was also charged with impaired driving twice before. This time he was charged with manslaughter in addition to impaired driving causing bodily harm, and he’s been sentenced to eight years in prison. All of this came about because alcohol gave him the power to make a choice, and that choice ended up costing someone their life.
With drivers like these, people who don’t seem to understand how alcohol can affect you or how dangerous it is to drink and drive, Alberta drunk driving crashes will never stop. Without alcohol in his system would this driver have refused a cab? If he hadn’t been drinking, would he have thought it was a good idea to drive at almost 150 km/hr?
No one knows, but at the end of the day he’ll have a long time in jail to think about it. Unfortunately that’s little consolation to the family of the victim.