A Sudbury man was charged with impaired driving. How was he spotted?
First, he was speeding. When a Greater Sudbury Police cruiser saw him and began following, the driver slowed down. Quite a bit, in fact.
Even without the previous speeding, that extreme slowness would be ample evidence to stop a driver for a DUI inspection. Not all drunk drivers are obviously out of control, weaving uncontrollably and screeching tires (though that does happen). Usually police discover drunk drivers through subtler signs:
- Going too slow (as with this driver)
- Failing to pay attention to green lights (dozing at intersections)
- Striking curbs, dividers, or other stationary objects on the road
- Failing to dim headlights for oncoming cars
- Not using headlights at night
- Excessive braking
- Improper signaling
The signs can be different, but the effect is the same: a driver with impaired reflexes and judgement is on the road, and should be taken off as soon as possible.
The driver in question will no doubt receive a fine and licence suspension at the very least – getting a DUI in Ontario is a serious matter. Depending on the circumstances, the driver might be able to regain his driving privileges during suspension after installing an ignition interlock, or car breathalyzer, which prevents a vehicle from starting if the driver has been drinking.
If you’re out driving, in Ontario or anywhere else, keep a lookout for drivers who are acting impaired. Drunk drivers are a real hazard – even at 8 kilometres an hour.