Despite the fines, potential for jail time, and ignition interlock program impaired drivers in Ontario are required to take part in, some people will continue to get behind the wheel after drinking. These offenders take on the risk of crashing and killing someone or themselves every time they drink and drive, and you rarely hear of a drunk driver use the situation as a wake up call to turn their lives around.
That’s why it’s refreshing to see the steps a Sudbury, Ontario woman is taking after she decided to drink and drive. When she was stopped after running a red light, she was slurring her words, couldn’t stand up, and was so intoxicated she produced a breathalyzer reading that was four times over the legal limit of .08.
She decided to plead guilty to impaired driving, and instead of waiting to see what penalties she will receive for her offense in Ontario, she immediately attended a withdrawal management program, visited a psychiatrist, and has started taking Antabuse. Antabuse is an anti-alcohol drug that assists in alcohol withdrawal, and it produces side effects like nausea if you drink alcohol while taking it. For alcoholics, it’s an important safety net while battling alcohol addiction.
At her hearing, the judge required the driver to pay fines up to $1,500 and she will lose her driver’s license for a period of one year. Those penalties are standard for first time impaired drivers in Ontario, but the driver will generally be required to pay only $1,000 in fines and will also be required to install an ignition interlock for one year if they receive a restricted license.
With a breathalyzer reading four times the legal limit, the driver in this case is fortunate she is alive to take steps to own up to her impaired driving conviction and beat alcohol addiction. If every driver who decides to get behind the wheel after drinking did the same, drunk driving would be a thing of the past.