Just because someone lives in Canada doesn’t mean they enjoy the winters there. The temperature in many parts of the country can hit -40 or -50 with the windchill, and getting to work, going for groceries, or doing anything outside becomes really unpleasant.
That’s why so many Canadians become snowbirds every year. Snowbirds spend part of the year, usually the winter, in sunny climates, and that must have been what one man from Quebec was doing in Florida recently. Unfortunately for him, he made the decision to drink and drive while he was down there, and now he’s facing 6 driving under the influence (DUI) charges after causing a 4 vehicle crash in Dania Beach.
While he was driving drunk, he rear-ended a car and caused a chain reaction that resulted in the crash of two other cars. When police showed up, he was walking around without shoes or a shirt while his girlfriend was trapped inside his car. She was sent to intensive car in serious condition while the others were treated and released.
Although his blood alcohol concentration wasn’t published, the penalties for that many Florida DUI charges would be serious. A first offender will see potential jail time of 6 to 9 months, fines up to $2,000, a lengthy drivers license suspension up to 1 year, and an ignition interlock device is a requirement after a drivers license is reinstated.
This Florida DUI will follow him home too. If he is convicted it will go on his provincial driving record, and if he receives another DUI at home, it will be considered his second offense.
The tropical atmosphere has lulled many snowbirds into thinking they are on vacation every single day, but if make the choice to drink and drive while they are away on their winter trip, they’ll pay the price just like everyone else.