If you need a designated driver, asking a friend to be your sober ride is always the right thing to do. If you can’t find a friend, it’s simple: you call in a cab. Unfortunately for two women in a suburb of Vancouver, BC, calling a taxi turned out to be the wrong choice.
Turns out, the cab driver was in no shape to drive. After the group began to get into the cab, they realized something was wrong with the cab driver. He couldn’t navigate his way out of a cul-de-sac, instead going around and around until his passengers told him to stop.
He tried to back up but he almost hit another vehicle, and when he tried to leave the cul-de-sac again, he hit a “For Sale” sign on someone’s lawn. At that point the young women tried to get out of the cab but the cab driver didn’t want to stop the car.
They began opening the doors of the cab and he did stop at that point, but it took him awhile to unlock the doors. When one of the young lady’s parents pulled up, he blocked the cab driver from leaving the driveway. That’s when the driver admitted he had been drinking, and police were called n.
The cab driver failed two breathalyzer tests, and as per British Columbia’s impaired driving laws, was given a 90-day driver’s license suspension and had his taxi impounded for 30 days. The driver won’t be receiving criminal charges but according to media outlets, the cab driver is no longer employed with the company.
Moral of the story? Just because someone is supposed to be a sober designated driver, doesn’t mean they always follow through. Taxi drivers are dedicated to getting people home safely, but no one is going to get home safely if that driver is drinking before he gets behind the wheel.