When you read about Canadian drunk drivers causing issues in a province, your mind generally goes to Saskatchewan or Ontario. Both of these provinces have been in the news over the past year or two for a host of tragic drunk driving crashes and, in Saskatchewan’s case, a change in impaired driving laws designed to put the brakes on these drivers.
But as far as the top three provinces who have problems with drunk driving are concerned, Nova Scotia is at the top of the list too. They’ve seen a constant flow of impaired drivers over the past few years, and that arrest record has prompted Nova Scotia lawmakers to start the process of bringing ignition interlocks to the province.
Ignition interlocks as part of new impaired driving laws are on the way for this spring, and these changes can’t come a moment too soon. Arrests are constant in the province, and a lower Sackville, Nova Scotia woman was just charged with impaired driving three times in three weeks.
The third arrest resulted in a head-on collision when she was driving the wrong way down a road. When police attempted to arrest her she tried to ram the police car with her own vehicle. She went into the ditch and was apprehended shortly after. Because she was already arrested for impaired driving two times in the past three weeks, she didn’t have a valid driver’s license.
She is one of many Canadian drunk drivers who have been arrested for drunk driving multiple times, and she’s also be charged with refusing to submit to a breathalyzer, failing to stop an accident scene, fleeing from a police officer, and not complying with her release conditions from her first two arrests. Her vehicle has also been seized.
If the offender was made to install an ignition interlock in her vehicle right after arrest, she wouldn’t have been able to drive drunk again. This offender is a great example of how some people will continue to make the choice to drink and drive, even with a suspended license, and why all offender ignition interlocks are so needed in Nova Scotia.