If you’ve ever been on your way to work one morning and drove up to a checkpoint where police were stopping drunk drivers, you’ve probably wondered why they’d set up early in the morning instead of late at night. Turns out, early morning checkpoints are a great way to catch drunk drivers, and it’s all because people don’t understand how long it takes alcohol to work its way through your system.
That lack of understanding is exactly why so many people almost drink themselves to death. Binge drinking is responsible for numerous cases of alcohol poisoning across Canada, and drinking to excess is even more dangerous when someone decides to drive after binge drinking.
Case in point? A Kingston, Ontario woman was driving erratically on a highway at 4:30 pm in the afternoon when someone called her into police. When police pulled her over they discovered she was driving impaired and asked her to provide a breathalyzer sample. When she did they discovered she was four and a half times the legal limit of .08.
Obviously she was charged with impaired driving, immediately lost her driver’s license for 90 days, and had her car towed, but that’s beside the point. At four and a half times the legal limit, she was past the lethal level of alcohol intoxication. It’s shocking that she was alive at that point let alone driving a vehicle.
News reports didn’t say what she was doing before she was driving or whether or not she was binge drinking before she got behind the wheel, but you’d have drink a lot of alcohol over a short time period to get to that blood alcohol level.
This impaired driver makes a great case about how the power of alcohol can help you make some seriously irrational decisions. When you’re binge drinking at this level and you get behind the wheel, it’s a coin toss as to what will kill you first: the alcohol or the inevitable car crash.