A Nova Scotia woman tried to do the right thing. But, as Yoda said, “Do. Or do not. There is no try.” In this sad case, trying wasn’t enough.
The 27-year-old woman, a student at Dalhousie University, attended the Cavendish Beach Music Festival, and had made plans for a designated driver afterwards, so she could enjoy some drinking during the festival. So far so good.
Unfortunately, the designated driver had trouble driving up a hill with a manual transmission, and so the woman decided to change places with the driver. Unfortunately, that was when a Charlottetown police officer decided to show up and make an arrest.
“She did all the right things and then made a bad decision,” was how her defence lawyer put it. The judge was not swayed; Prince Edward Island is tough on impaired drivers. The student was given a fine, jail time, and a year’s driving ban.
So it appears we’ve added a new rule to the one that we’re repeated so often on this blog:
- If you are going to drink away from home, have a designated driver
- If you drive a stick shift, make sure your designated driver knows how to work it
Because when you’re up before the judge, claiming that you “tried” to do the right thing won’t work.