When you’re charged with impaired driving in Ontario, you’ll receive fines, license suspension, penalties such as alcohol treatment, and you must take part in an ignition interlock program. That’s just for first offenders. For repeat offenders the penalties are even stiffer.
But one little known consequence of an impaired driving charge is something you may never have thought of – public humiliation. Do a search for Ontario impaired driving in the news and you’ll come up with hundreds of mentions of people who have been charged with impaired driving. It could be as little as two paragraphs, but it gives the public notice that you were just charged with a crime no one wants tagged to their name.
Here are a few examples of people who were charged with impaired driving and appeared on the news recently.
Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) arrested 53-year-old Elaine Beaumont for impaired operation of a motor vehicle and exceeding 80 milligrams of blood alcohol content (BAC) after she had spotted sitting in her car drunk and parked in front of a house.
Donald Drummer, a 55-year-old Essex, Ontario man, called himself in for impaired driving. He had an open bottle of liquor in the car while he waited for the police, and he will face charges in court next month.
Sailesh Ananth-Krishnan, a 21 year old from Mississauga, has been charged with impaired driving causing bodily harm and over .08 causing bodily harm after he rolled his car over in Burlington. One occupant had life threatening injuries while the other did not.
As you can see, it’s pretty easy to get your name, your age, and your place of residence splashed across the news if you receive an impaired driving charge. Don’t run the risk of public humiliation – stay safe, drive sober, and if you want to make the news, make it for a better reason.